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CCMASABC News reports that the National Union of Mineworkers of SA (Numsa) has confirmed that it has accepted a request from the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to participate in a conciliation process with Gautrain.

Employees affiliated to Numsa on Monday commenced industrial action over a wage dispute. The union is demanding a revised 9% increase and guaranteed bonuses, among other items. According to Numsa spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola, they have been open to engagement. “This opportunity gives us a chance to hopefully deal with some of the other demands so that we can resolve this strike. There are other demands that we have to surface. The issue around the bonuses. Bonuses are a reflection of the performance of the company. Gautrain would not be able to reach any type of performance without ordinary workers certainly the blue-collar workers who are actually responsible for the performance of the Gautrain. So it is our view that if the bonus is a guaranteed bonus then it’s a bonus that must be paid to everyone,” she pointed out. CEO of the Gautrain Management Agency, Tshepo Kgobe, said they were determined to resolve the strike so that employees could return to work. “We’ve managed this morning’s peak, we are managing this afternoon’s peak. We will continue to manage over a period of time. The biggest challenge that you sit with is that when you have limited staff, the issue of rotation comes into play. So every company has a business continuity plan, we have implemented ours and it’s working out well. But it’s unsustainable and therefore that is why we have taken the time to make sure that the parties come back onto the table to negotiate,” he indicated.

  • Read the original of the report in the above regard by Viola May at SABC News

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