Bus and bus companies have reached a wage agreement with the unions to avoid a strike in the sector already hit hard by the Covid 19 pandemic. Among the unions covered by the agreement are the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), SA Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu), Transport – Omnibus Workers Union (Towu), Togetherness Amalgamated Workers` Union of SA (Tawusa) and Tirisano Transport and Services Workers Union (Taswu). Gary Wilson, general secretary of the industry`s bargaining chamber, said on Monday, ahead of Business Day, that a one-year deal had been reached last Thursday. “On Thursday, we signed a 6% increase agreement. Some of these requests were dropped by the parties,” Said Wilson. We would have gone on strike the week of Easter if an agreement had not been reached. Unions had called for a one-year wage increase of 8.5% for workers earning between 56.30 and 78.82 R58.82 per hour and 7.5% for those earning more than R78.82 per hour. 1st Floor, Sunclare Building, 21 Dreyer Street, Claremont, Cape Town 7708 Last week, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula announced regulations for the industry as part of the 21-day closure to limit the spread of Covid-19, which has so far infected 1,280 people in SA. The agreements concluded under the aegis of SARPBAC also apply to all other parties and/or persons to whom the operation of a collective agreement under the aegis of SARPBAC is extended within the meaning of Section 32 of the Act. However, employers had submitted a proposal for a three-year employment contract, with the first group increasing by 6% in the first year and 5.5% in the second and third years. For the second group, employers had proposed a 4.5% increase for each of the three years. Wilson said: “On Wednesday, we consulted with all the unions and agreed to act responsibly and take into account the consequences of the closure on bus operations across the country, as well as the economic situation of businesses.” The scope of the South African Road Passenger Bargaining Council registration was different in the sense of Section 58 of the Labour Relations Act.
As of March 1, 2012, the Road Passenger Transport Council (as defined here) is registered in the Republic of South Africa. Phone: `27 21 659 2300 Fax: `27 21 659 2360 E-mail: email@example.com employers` and trade union organisations parties to SARPBAC, as well as members of these contracting parties, and also cover non-parties (employers and trade unions that are not related to sarpbac). All eligible workers in the working life of the members of the employers` organizations mentioned above, regardless of union affiliation, as well as non-party workers. Join our mailing list and receive the latest messages right in your inbox! The South African Council for the Collective Negotiation of Road Transport, known as SARPBAC, is mandatory in the following areas: “road transport” or “trade”, trade: to the employer (with the exception of employers who employ only children in school between their place of residence and the schools that attend them) and their staff for transport as a reward on each public road, anyone using a motor vehicle (other than a vehicle in possession and under the control of Transnet or a local authority) intended to simultaneously transport more than 16 persons, including the driver of the vehicle, and which includes all operations that are incidental or logical.