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gautrainThe Star reports that the Bombela Concession Company (Bombela) has assured passengers that Gautrain services will remain uninterrupted amid the ongoing strike by the National of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) that commenced on Monday.

Spokesperson Kesagee Nayager noted that train services have been operating according to their normal schedule and that Gautrain bus operations have not been affected by the strike as they are subcontracted to other entities. He said: “The BOC (Bombela Operating Company) is responsible to maintain compliance of rail operations with all safety standards and regulations. BOC has confirmed to us that all their staff that are currently operating the rail service during the strike are fully compliant with safety regulations.” Numsa members have embarked on a strike over wage increases and other demands. Numsa spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola indicated that the trade union had initially demanded a 13% wage increase, but has amended it to 9%. It was further demanding medical aid provision of 60% from the employer, with 40% coming from workers, alongside a monthly housing allowance of R2,000. Additionally, the trade union claims that employees work extra hours for which they are not paid overtime. Meantime, the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has stepped in to try to resolve the strike. “CCMA has asked us to participate in Section 150 mediation to try and resolve the strike. Section 150 of the Labour Relations Act gives CCMA power to call parties to participate in mediation if it is in the public interest. Numsa has agreed to participate,” Hlubi-Majola said.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Hope Mafu at The Star
  • Read too, CCMA intervenes in Numsa Gautrain strike, at BusinessLive

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