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strike thumb medium85 85News24 reports that the SA Road Passenger Bargaining Council (SARPBC) said on Monday that a nationwide bus strike was set to start on Wednesday.  The strike will put at least 80% of the country's passenger buses on lock-down over a pay dispute.  

"The impact is going to be felt right across the republic," Gary Wilson of SARPBC said.  He also indicated that the SARPBC would be applying for the help of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) in terms of section 150 of the Labour Relations Act, which could give the Minister of Transport permission to step in and help resolve the impasse.  SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu) spokesperson Zanele Sabela said Satawu, the Transport and Omnibus Workers' Union, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and the Tirisano Transport Workers' Union had been negotiating with employers since January.  The negotiations have been facilitated by the SARPBC with the employer associations, the Commuter Bus Employers' Organisation and SA Bus Employers' Association.  Among their demands, the unions want a 12% across-the-board wage increase and a minimum basic wage of R8,000 per month.  Employers apparently want to keep the current basic minimum wage of R6,070 and for first-timers to earn R6,070 regardless of whether a company's minimum wage was higher or not.

  • Read this report by Jenni Evans in full at News24
  • See too, Bus strike to leave thousands stranded in Cape Town, at Timeslive

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