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New offer put on bargaining table in attempt to end bus drivers’ strike

Workers have been on strike for nearly a month, demanding a 9% wage hike.

FILE: Commuters queue for taxis in Mitchells Plain on day one of the bus drivers strike, 18 April 2018. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Workers union South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) has confirmed a new offer has been put on the bargaining table in an attempt to end the national strike in the sector.

The Bargaining Council and the CCMA have proposed an offer of 8.75% for the first year and 8.25 % for the second.

Workers have been on strike for nearly a month, demanding a 9% wage hike.

Satawu's Zanele Sabela says unions are currently consulting their members about the new offer.

“The Bargaining Council and the CCMA have put an offer on the table in an attempt to break the stalemate. The unions are considering the offer and will let the public know in due course.”

Talks to end the nationwide bus strike have hit another snag as negotiations between employers and unions deadlocked again on Thursday.

The unions have moved down from their initial demand for a 12% salary hike among other demands.

Sabela accused employers are negotiating in bad faith.

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Additional reporting by Tshegofatso Mathe.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)