Johannesburg: The South African Communist Party (SACP) says It has a fully supports for bus drivers’ strike represented by the South African Transport Workers Union (Satawu) in collaboration with other trade unions in the sector’s collective bargaining council.
SACP praised Satawu for the leading role that the union is playing in the collective bargaining process and the strike.
Workers are demanding a 12 percent salary increase for all drivers across the board; a basic wage of R8 000 as opposed to the current R6 000; a full pay for dual drivers traveling long distances; and a night-shift roster from 4 pm to 6 am, as opposed to the current one, 8 pm to 3 am.
While employers offered a meager 7 percent wage increase and rejected other substantive demands of the workers.
SACP says employers have good earnings, while employees are not paid well.
“In more concrete terms, employers have been raking in very high profits at the expense of workers,” says SACP.
The alliance added that it will continue backing both SATAWU and Cosatu and ensures that the rights of employees are fortified.
SACP has called on bus companies to refund passengers the money for the tickets the companies have sold. The workers want to use the money for alternative transport during the course of the strike.