Monday, February 21, 2011

Transport strike could end today

By Khanyisa Tabata
21 February 2011

All the unions in the freight transport sector have agreed to a new pay offer. The agreement is subject to members' approval. The disruptive week-long strike in the industry is expected to end tomorrow.

The unions have provisionally accepted a nine-percent pay rise this year and eight-and-a-half-percent next year. But Satawu’s June Dube says if union members reject the agreement, the strike would continue.

Meanwhile, Thousands of Johannesburg Metrobus commuters are being subjected to more disruption as the drivers’ strike continues.

The Johannesburg Labour Court on Friday ruled that the strike was legal. The protest over the introduction of new shift schedule has been dragging on for almost two weeks.

Metrobus spokesperson Esther Dreyer has apologised to commuters for the lack of services.

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