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'Unions make counter offer that could see bus strike come to an end in 24 hours'

9 May 2018 5:30 PM
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The unions are awaiting a response from employers on whether they'll be accepting their wage demands to put an end to the strike.

The protracted natiowide bus strike could soon come to an end if the employers accept a counter offer tabled by labour unions.

Read more: Bus strike has hit business and employee well-being - Cape Chamber of Commerce

Over the weekend, the employers proposed a 8.75% wage increase for the first year and 8.25% for the second year.

The labour caucus has since put forward a counter-offer of a 9% increase in the first year and 8% in the second year.

The nationwide bus strike is in its fourth week.

Also read: Bus strike hurting our pockets and affecting our jobs, becry Cape commuters

Golden Arrow Spokesperson Bronwen Dyke-Beyer says that this is the closest that bus bosses and labour have been throughout the wage negotiation process.

She says unions are awaiting a response from employers on whether they'll be accepting their wage demands.

If an agreement is reached, Golden Arrow will resume operation on the following day and gradually resume full service. Dyke-Beyer advises.

WATCH: Khayelitsha commuters fight to cram into overcrowded taxi

The unions have come back with a counter proposal for 9% in the first year and 8% in the second year.

Bronwen Dyke-Beyer, Golden Arrow Spokesperson

Our understanding is that the employers are seriously considering the proposal.

Bronwen Dyke-Beyer, Golden Arrow Spokesperson

We are very hopeful that within 24 hours, we may have an agreement... It does look like a positive development.

Bronwen Dyke-Beyer, Golden Arrow Spokesperson

We are concerned about our passengers because this has been an extreme,y difficult time for them. We are hopeful that an agreement will be reached quickly.

Bronwen Dyke-Beyer, Golden Arrow Spokesperson

Take a listen to the Golden Arrow Spokesperson explain:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 'Unions make counter offer that could see bus strike come to an end in 24 hours'


9 May 2018 5:30 PM
Tags:
Bus strike
MyCiti
Trains
Golden Arrow
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#busstrike

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