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roadpassengerbargcouncilBLPremium reports that the relief that accompanied the end of the 26-day bus strike will be short-lived for some workers who might end up not receiving the wage increases they fought for.  

The SA Road Passenger Bargaining Council (SARPBAC) will be fighting another battle to ensure all workers benefit from the new wage agreement.  The council would be writing to the labour minister to request that the wage agreement be extended to cover all companies, as only 80% of the industry belonged to the council, general secretary Gary Wilson said.  Until the extension has been approved, workers of the 20% of employers who do not fall under the council will reap no benefits from the agreement.  Companies can also apply to be exempted from the deal if they can prove they are unable to foot the bill for the new wages.  Organised labour and employers reached a settlement agreement this week, guaranteeing covered employees a 9% wage increase for 2018 and 8% for 2019.  All other demands relating to condition of service issues were referred to a task team headed by the CCMA.  

While the unions’ resilience won workers a settlement that includes the backdating of salaries to 1 April, workers lost out on 15 days’ wages as the no-work, no-pay rule applied during the strike.  Negotiations between unions and employers began in February and collapsed two months later.  Wilson commented that trust, the glue that holds the relations between employers and employees together, had always been a challenge for the parties.

  • Read this report by Theto Mahlakoana in full at BLPremium (paywall access)


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