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numsaBusiness Report writes that National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) members striking at Gautrain have amended their wage increase demand from 13% to 9%. Phakamile Hlubi-Majola, spokesperson, Numsa confirmed that the trade union was seeking a 9% hike.

The trade union embarked on a strike against the management of the Bombela Operating Company (BOC) on Monday. “When we went into wage talks we were at 13%, by the time we deadlocked we were at 9%. We have been willing to move our demands significantly in order to try to accommodate the employer. Unfortunately we have not seen the employer moving in the same way. They simply offered us 5.6% and they have [not] dealt [with] any other demands. They have not tried to sort of meet us. Unfortunately as long as that is the case we are going to remain very far from each other,” Hlubi-Majola said. The trade union’s other demands include: 60% of medical contribution by the BOC, with employees to contribute 40%; a housing allowance of R2,000 per employee per month; compensation for additional hours due to the BOC having changed its work-week from a five-day to a six-day operation; equal treatment in terms of bonuses; and full-time shop stewards

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Dhivana Rajgopaul at Business Report
  • Read too, Gautrain strike: Numsa rejects 5.6% offer, demands better pay and bonuses, at News24

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