A planned nationwide strike by bus drivers has been partially averted as the Bus Employers’ Association (SABEA) increased its wage offer to 10 percent. The SATAWU union suspended its strike action for today. Spokesperson Azaria Mataboge says the union will meet the employer this afternoon, after which they can advise their members whether or not the suspended strike will be officially called off.
In contrast, another union – the Transport and Allied Workers’ Union of SA (Tawusa) - says its members will continue with the strike as planned. The third union involved is the Transport and Omnibus Workers Union.
SABEA initially offered a 6.5 percent wage increase while unions demanded 15 percent. Collectively, the unions claim to represent 14,000 bus company workers.