Fedusa pleased with Gautrain wage talks outcome

Earlier on Monday, it was announced that the three-week long strike had come to an end.

Fedusa has been given a mandate to sign for an 8% pay hike across the board for Gautrain workers affiliated to the federation. Picture: Pelane Phakgadi./EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – The Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) says it's pleased with the outcome of talks with Gautrain management but still accuse the employer of negotiating in bad faith.

Earlier on Monday, it was announced that the three-week long strike had come to an end.

The company has agreed to an entry wage of R8,500, including a R900 housing subsidy.

The strike saw scores of commuters left stranded.

For the first time since 2010 when Gauteng became operational, workers there will be able to get bonuses.

United National Transport Union leader Steve Harris says this is a win for the employees and one step towards realising other pertinent goals which he says should also be addressed urgently.

“The employer was more reluctant to reveal its finances. We could have ended this strike earlier.”

Harris says members will receive a R5,000 incentive bonus in December this year.

And a second incentive payment of a maximum of R5,000 to be determined on the performance of the Gautrain will be paid out in September next year.

Workers are expected back at their posts on Tuesday.

FULL RESUMPTION OF SERVICES

The Gautrain company says services should resume on Tuesday once an operational schedule has been updated.

Spokesperson Kesagee Nayager says in the meantime, the reduced service that is currently operational will be communicated to passengers.

“Passengers who have been unable to utilise the weekly or monthly train products as a result of the strike will be compensated.”

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)