The Gautrain. Photo: Chris Collingridge/ANA Archives
THE United National Transport Union yesterday said it had rejected both offers tabled by Bombela Operating Company, which operates the Gautrain.

Gautrain spokesperson Kesagee Nayager said Bombela had on July 17 offered an increase of 7% across the board (on basic salary and allowances), plus medical aid contribution of 50%, plus a collective bonus target of R8000 per employee per year (which equates to an overall increase of the bargaining unit of 8.6%). Alternatively, an increase of 8.5% across the board (on basic salary and allowances), plus medical aid contribution of 55% but without a bonus (equating to an overall increase of the bargaining unit of 8.4%).

“The union is demanding an increase of 10% on basic salary plus an increase of 113% on housing allowance (from R750 to R1 600), plus a new transport allowance of R800 for non-shift workers, plus an increase of 101% on night work transport subsidy (from R31.84 to R64 per shift), plus a 10% increase on night shift allowance, plus a medical aid contribution at 55/45, and a R20000 bonus per employee per year (equating to an overall increase of the bargaining unit of 19.6%),” said Nayager.

Bombela remained open to further talks via the CCMA, hopeful a settlement could be reached before the planned strike commenced. Bombela had requested a meeting with the union today. On Tuesday the union gave Bombela 48 hours notice members would embark on a protected strike over wages. - African News Agency (ANA)