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transnetlogo thumb100 BL Premium reports that transport unions have threatened to embark on a strike action at Transnet after management of the state-owned freight rail and logistics company offered no increase for the 2021/2022 financial year.

Transnet management apparently proposed a 3% non-pensionable allowance on basic salary as a wage increase. The zero percent offer led to the wage talks reaching a stalemate. Steve Harris of the United National Transport Union (Untu) and Jack Mazibuko of the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) said in a joint statement that the offer was “so bad that organised labour can’t even present it to their constituents to obtain a revised mandate”. They indicated that the 0% offer was “rejected in totality” and emphasised that unions were prepared to “fight our battle in the streets, if we must”. Conciliation talks will now take place at the bargaining council. According to Mazibuko, the unions’ initial demand was for a 12.5% wage increase across the board, which was revised during the second round of negotiations to 10%, while management stuck at 0%. Transnet commented that the “difficult economic climate and the resultant decline in the operational and financial performance of the company means Transnet is not in a position to accede to the demands made by the unions in the bargaining council.” It added that its offer was reasonable and realistic. The company apparently refused to guarantee no retrenchments.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Luyolo Mkentane at BusinessLive (paywall access only)

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