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numsaIOL News reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has lodged a dispute with the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) against Gautrain after a deadlock was reached with management over wage demands.

Numsa is the majority union representing Gautrain workers. Negotiations began on 17 April and the last meeting was held on 11 June, when the talks reached an impasse. The union is demanding a 13% increase across the board, a R2,000 monthly housing allowance for each employee and for Gautrain to contribute 60% and employees to contribute 40% towards medical aid. Numsa’s Phakamile Hlubi-Majola added that in the past, workers had to report to work for five days but then it was changed to six days. “Workers have not been remunerated for these additional hours and we are demanding that they must be compensated for this. Going forward, they must be paid the overtime rate for the 6th day,” said Hlubi-Majola. Moreover, she indicated that the union was demanding a guaranteed bonus because the bosses at Bombela Operating Company, the company which operates the Gautrain, gave themselves and office workers R22,000 bonuses. The union is now waiting for a date for conciliation with the CCMA. “We are calling on the bosses at BOC to come back to the table with a proposal that can prevent a strike at Gautrain,” Hlubi-Majola concluded.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Sinenhlanhla Masilela at IOL News
  • Lees ook, Numsa begin met dispuut teen Gautrein-werkgewers, by Maroela Media

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