Satawu and the employer body have been meeting at the Bargaining Council in Johannesburg.(SABC)
The bus drivers' strike is set to continue after transport union Satawu rejected an 8% wage increase offer from employers. Satawu has been demanding 13%.
The union and the employer body have been meeting at the Bargaining Council, in Johannesburg, in an effort to end the 12-day-old strike, which has left thousands of commuters struggling for transport.
Union spokesperson, Vincent Masoga, says, “Satawu is determined that the offer that was made by the bargaining council is still not reflecting the demand of the workers. The offer is still reflective of the ideas of the employers and therefore still favours the employer on the basis that it does not even meet the double digit mark that has been received from the workers.”
Earlier, Labour federation, Cosatu, threatened protest action that would halt all transport services in the country, if the wage deadlock in the bus industry was not resolved urgently. Cosatu spokesperson in the Western Cape, Tony Ehrenreich, called on all parties to settle the strike at 10%.