Talks on Rea Vaya bus strike continue

Renewed talks aimed at resolving the Rea Vaya bus strike were underway on Monday evening, bus operator Piotrans said.

“We are currently in a meeting and cannot comment at this stage,” said spokesperson Eric Motswane.

He said the meeting was expected to be concluded by about 8pm.

This came after a news briefing on the strike was cancelled in the afternoon.

The strike began on August 1 when South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) affiliated bus drivers downed tools, demanding better pay and a review of a new shift system.

The bus drivers wanted their basic monthly salary tripled to R15 000, as well as an improvement in their medical aid.

Last Tuesday, talks deadlocked and employers made a final offer of a 15% pay rise, a 50% contribution to drivers’ medical aid and the immediate introduction of a provident fund.

In addition, a 13th cheque at the end of each year and a performance bonus scheme were offered.

The total monthly value of the package per driver would be R8 473 and there would be a once-off payment of R1 000 on return to work.—Sapa

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