Bus strike agreement “a victory” for union

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BONUS – RUSTENBURG – On Monday, 17 April, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) ended its last round of consultation with workers in the Bus Passenger sector. The union’s Treasurer General Mphumzi Maqungo met with Workers from Algoa and Ezethu Bus Companies in Port Elizabeth.

The union has agreed to the following terms:

* 9% across the board wage increase

* 10% increase on all allowances – night shift, cross border allowance, and S&T (Subsistence and Travel)

* R400 per month allowance for the co-driver

A statement by Acting NUMSA National spokesperson, Phakamile Hlubi, reads as follows: “After extensive consultation, which is true to our values as a worker led union, our members in all provinces have accepted the agreement.

Although, initially we rejected this agreement as we did not believe it went far enough in addressing critical issues faced by our members, namely, a double digit percentage wage increase, as well as ensuring that they are paid in full for all the hours they work.

However, based on the response from members in this sector, NUMSA can indeed claim this agreement as a small victory for our members in their fight for a living wage and a dignified life for themselves and their families.”