satawu thumb medium90 101Cape Argus reports that Golden Arrow Bus Services (Gabs) as well as transport unions have warned of a looming national bus strike.  

The warning follows a deadlock in annual wage negotiations, between the employers association and five transport unions, including the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu), the Transport and Allied Workers Union of SA (Tawusa) and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa).  The negotiations started at the SA Road Passenger Bargaining Council (SARPBAC) national bargaining forum in January.  The respective parties were issued with a certificate by the CCMA permitting a protected strike, but were also given a 30-day cooling-off period, which expires on April 16.  Gabs observed that “unless an agreement is concluded by April 16, it is likely that a 48-hour notice of pending strike action will be issued.  This means that a national bus industry strike could commence on April 18.”

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