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handshake thumb medium90 90BL Premium reports that following months of talks and recent threats to embark on a wage strike, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has signed a two-year deal with employers in the bus passenger sector for increases of 5% and 6.5%.

The wage talks between unions Numsa and the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union and employer organisations the SA Bus Employers Association (Sabea) and the Commuters Bus Employers Organisation (Cobeo) got under way in February at the SA Road Passenger Bargaining Council (Sarpbac), which covers operators such as Putco, Bojanala Bus, Algoa Bus Company and Great North Transport. “We have secured an across-the-board increase of 5% on the rate of pay, which will be implemented from April 1 2024 until March 31 2025. In the second year of the agreement, an increase of 6.5% on the base rate of pay will be implemented from April 1 2025 until March 31 2026. From April 1 2024 the minimum hourly rate will increase to R48.15 and from April 1 2025 it will increase to R51.28 until March 2026,” Numsa’s Irvin Jim reported. He added: “Besides securing across-the-board wage increases, we also finally secured the burning demand for bosses to contribute to primary healthcare cover for workers.” Among other benefits, the travel allowance will increase to R786.48 effective from 1 April 2024 and to R837.60 on 1 April 2025. “The dual driver allowance has been increased to R476.36 for the first year effective April 1 2024 and in the second year it will increase to R507.32 on April 1 2025 until March 31 2026,” Jim said.

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

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