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). “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. 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. 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. Employers` and trade union organisations that are parties to SARPBAC, as well as members of these parties, and also apply to non-parties (employers and 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. “Road traffic” or “trade” refers to the trade in which employers (with the exception of employers who employ only children in school between their place of residence and the schools they attend) and their employees, for the purpose of transporting for a reward on each public road, associate each person with a motor vehicle (except for a vehicle in possession and under the control of Transnet or a local authority) and the objective of simultaneously transporting more than 16 persons, including the driver. Unions, among others, had requested medical assistance in the industry. The Road Passenger Bargaining Council, called SARPBAC, is mandatory in the following areas: employers had, however, submitted a proposal for a three-year employment contract, for which the first group would have increased 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. 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. All workers will receive a 6% pay rise, which will take effect on April 1, he said.
The parties must compromise by abandoning other demands that could have led to a strike during the Easter period, he said. Last week, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula announced industry rules for the 21-day closure to limit the spread of Covid-19, which has so far infected 1,280 people in SA.