Panic over! Unions reach deal ahead of looming Tshwane bus strike
The City of Tshwane seems to have avoided a full-scale bus strike.
Unions had promised to bring the rapid bus system to a halt.
The City of Tshwane has managed to help strike a deal with workers on its rapid bus transport service. Trade union Numsa was set to carry out a full-blown bus strike next week, bringing the Areyeng bus service to a complete standstill. Last week, Numsa marched to the City’s offices and demanded that it intervene in issues drivers and other workers were unhappy with.
Bus strike in Tshwane no more
The union demanded that workers receive a fair transport allowance. It also claimed divisions within the city and its transport departments are not adhering to the basic conditions of employment act.
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Numsa workers driving for the Tshwane rapid bus system were demanding an increase on their R1100 transport allowance. The union says that figure has not been increased since 2014. At the same time, the union is demanding that the city provide transport for workers working late shifts.
“The Basic Conditions of Employment Act explicitly states that if workers are working awkward hours the employer has a duty to provide safe reliable transportation. Our members are expected to start work at 4am and knock off after 9pm. There is no safe reliable transport at that time and our members risk their lives trying to get to and from work. At the same time, they spend a fortune of their meagre wages on alternative transportation.”
Jerry Mourulane, Numsa Regional Secretary
A compromise reached
Workers and the agencies responsible for running the bus service have agreed to an R900 increase. They will also get a night shift allowance of R20 per hour. This means a bus strike in the metro will be completely avoided.
Numsa says it also managed to secure a 30% medical aid contribution from the employer. An increase in annual leave has also been agreed to.
The employer has also agreed to annual bonuses for all employees as well as payouts for employees who serve on the job for five years.