Nationwide bus strike called off

A bus strike planned for Monday has been cancelled after industry employees accepted their employers’ offer, the South African Bus
Employers’ Association (Sabea) said.

Spokesperson Meshack Ramela said on Monday the offer, which included a 10% salary increase across the board, was accepted late on Sunday.

In terms of the settlement talks, the Transport and Allied Workers’ Union of SA (Tawusa), SA Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) and the Transport and Allied Workers Unions (Tawu) were asked to call off the planned strike.

Ramela said the main agreement for the year 2010/11 would be signed at the National Economic Development and Labour Council offices on Monday morning where the planned strike notice would be officially withdrawn.

“Sabea regrets that the parties could not reach a settlement in time to avoid possible disruption of services on the Monday morning and possibly on Tuesday because some operators were forced to move buses away from their normal sleeping grounds,” he said.

“Sabea would like to offer its sincerest apologies to commuters that may be inconvenienced as a result of the services not running properly on these two days.”

The three unions had initially demanded a 15% increase.—Sapa

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