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JOHANNESBURG - South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (SATAWU) on Tuesday tabled its salary increase demands at the Transnet Bargaining Forum.
This comes after the union proposed a three-year agreement with an assurance that there will be no retrenchments for the duration of the agreement.

SATAWU Transnet National Coordinator, Sihle Nguse said: “SATAWU is demanding 12% across the board (ATB) increase for each of the three years starting April 2018. An extra 2% over and above the ATB percentage has been proposed for those employees earning less than R100 000 per annum”.
“Labour wants the employer to up its medical aid contribution to R1 790 for the first year, R2 500 for the second and R3 500 for the third year”.

Nguse said the union was demanding the same year on year increases for the housing scheme. All other allowances are to increase by the agreed ATB percentage. The maximum amount any employee can be paid for overtime per annum is to be raised to R300 000 in 2018, and thereafter rise by the ATB percentage.
“The current funeral cover is to be extended into retirement at the company’s costs. Medical aid contribution for retired employees to increase from R213 to R500 in 2018 and ATB thereafter,” said Nguse.
The agreement reached is to be implemented on April 1, 2018 including for fixed term contracts.