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Nzimande To Engage Unions Representing Bus drivers

Johannesburg: Transport Minister Blade Nzimande is expected to engage unions involved in the bus drivers’ strike in efforts to end the nationwide strike.

last week several bus drivers across the country took it to the streets to voice out their frustration over wage increment.

It is understood that employees demanded 9% for the first year, while employers offered 8%.

According to reports the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) says that discussions will be centered around the main sticking point salary hike demands and wage offers.

Satawu’s Zanele Sabela says: “Employers have offered to pay 8% for the second year, 9% for the first year, however, they said they only want to pay for the increase from 1 May, which effectively means workers will be given just 11 months of their increase, which is not acceptable to us,” Says Sabelo.

The nationwide industrial action is heading into its eighth day and has crippled the transport sector.

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