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Union says bus strike will ‘intensify’

Johannesburg - A nationwide bus strike will be intensified after Satawu rejected a bargaining council proposal, the union said on Thursday.

“There are no new developments in the strike; it is still going on and we will intensify our efforts,” said South African Transport Workers' Union (Satawu) spokesperson Vincent Masoga.

The traffic from Table View into Cape Town is bumper to bumper as bus lanes remain empty during the strike. Photo: Thomas Holder. Credit: Independent Newspapers

Commuter Bus Employers' Organisation spokesperson Barry Gie said no talks were planned with unions “any time soon”.

“We are now taking instructions on how to proceed,” he said.

Masoga said on Tuesday that the proposal would not be discussed with workers.

“The proposal has nothing exciting (in it). We have looked at it and it doesn't meet the criteria to be discussed,” he said.

Gie said on Monday that the bargaining council tabled the proposal on Friday.

On Friday, Gie said employers increased their offer from 6.5 percent to eight percent, across the board, for workers earning R23.50 an hour or less, and to 7.5 percent for those earning more.

He said unions reduced their demand from 18 to 13 percent. However, Masoga said at the time the union had reverted to its former demands after the talks deadlocked. - Sapa

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