- The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa will consider a 6% offer from passenger bus employers.
- Numsa said the increase would apply to new workers even if they entered the industry after the end of March.
- The union will consult members for a term and return to the bargaining council on Thursday.
Secretary-General of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) Irvin Jim said the union was considering a final 6% pay rise offer from employers in ongoing passenger bus wage talks .
Numsa returned to the negotiating table under the auspices of the South African Road Passenger Bargaining Council (SARPBAC) during Easter week, averting a nationwide strike that would have left thousands of long-distance commuters stranded.
Numsa and other unions involved in the talks – the South African Transport and Allied Workers ‘Union, the Allied Transport and Workers’ Union, the Transport and Omnibus Workers ‘Union, and the Transport Services Workers’ Union – have since continued negotiations with the South African Association of Bus Employers and the Association of Commuter Bus Employers.
When the national strike was averted, employers revised their offer from 2.5% to 4.5, but have since increased this offer further to 6% across the board.
“We have engaged with employers in an effort to improve what was originally proposed. We now have a final proposal that has been put on the table, which we will present to members for their approval. The employer offers salary increases of 6. % across the board. This increase will also extend to all allowances and benefits, ”said Jim.
Jim said the 6% increase would apply across the board. He said that all new workers could benefit from increases even after they entered the labor market after Marc ended, when negotiations were still ongoing.
“This proposal is an increase above inflation and we believe that workers with the lowest wages will certainly benefit, especially those with the lowest. We will be consulting our members until Tuesday next week with the hope of signing the deal, “said Jim.
He said the union will move closer to nationwide membership with the offer and meet with employers at SARPBAC on Thursday to confirm whether a mandate has been obtained.
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