CAPE TOWN- Transport union Satawu said a meeting with employers has been scheduled for Tuesday ahead of a bus drivers’ strike on Wednesday.
The union and employers had wage negotiations that ended deadlocked and the union has issued a 48 hour strike warning on Monday.
Workers are demanding a 12% wage increased, employers are offering only 7%, and a 7.5% increase for the next three years.
Satawu spokesperson Zanele Sabela said, “We are looking to sign a one-year agreement, while employers want to sign a three-year agreement. Workers feel employers are not doing anything to sign a three-year agreement.”
However Golden Arrows Bus Service hopes a deal can be struck in the next coming hours.
If no deal is struck, bus drivers will down their keys on Wednesday.
City of Cape Town’s Brett Herron says MyCiTi services will be affected.
“We urge employers and businesses to consider flexible working arrangements, remote working conditions and flexible working hours to accommodate commuters. They’re going to struggle to access their places of employment, due to the strike.”
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