Unions to approach CCMA in an attempt to avert nationwide bus strike

Trade unions in the bus passenger sector last month declared a dispute against 16 national bus companies.

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CAPE TOWN - Trade unions in the bus passenger sector are preparing to go to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) in an attempt to avert a national bus drivers’ strike.

The unions, including the Transport and Omnibus Workers’ Union (Towu) and South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu), last month declared a dispute against 16 national bus companies.

They are demanding a double digit increase on a one-year deal and a 40-hour work week among others.

The companies have said they can afford a 6% increase for 2017 and a further 6.5% hike each year for the next two years.

Towu general secretary Tony Franks says the union is holding a general meeting on Thursday.

“The members are debating the mandate and we’ll negotiate on that. They want a 40-hour work week without loss of wages.”

Satawu's Zanele Sabela says the mediation will take place over two days next week.

“At this point we’re going back to our original demands which were an increase of 30% across the board, minimum industry wage of R16,000 per month and for ordinary hours of work not to exceed 40 hours per week.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)