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boardroomtableIOL News reports that Gauteng's MEC for Transport and Logistics, Kedibone Diale-Tlabela, has expressed approval of the Bombela Operating Company (BOC) and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) returning to negotiations amid the ongoing strike over wage increases.

Numsa members employed in the running of Gautrain embarked on a strike on Monday, demanding a revised 9% wage increase. They had initially demanded a 15% wage increase. The trade union’s further demands include provision by the employer of 60% of the cost of medical aid contributions, alongside a monthly housing allowance of R2,000. Numsa spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola also claimed that employees were treated unfairly by their employer, as they were required to work extra hours but were not being paid for that overtime. They were therefore demanding overtime remuneration and a 13th cheque. She added: “The BOC does not treat workers equally. The bosses at BOC reward themselves and office workers with R22,000 each as a bonus, but blue-collar workers are denied a guaranteed bonus. They have an incentive bonus which requires that the applicant must be paid first in order to be paid. This is unfair and we demand equal treatment for all workers.” The BOC has assured passengers that Gautrain services will remain uninterrupted amid the ongoing strike. Dr Kesagee Nayager, Gautrain Bombela Concession Company spokesperson, confirmed that Bombela had been advised that “BOC and Numsa have agreed to mediation by the CCMA”.

Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Simon Majadibodu at IOL News

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