Major Gautrain strike called off

 路5 Jul 2023

The National Union of Metalworkers (NUMSA) has called off a strike for Gautrain employees following successful negotiations.

The union said that it had been engaged in talks with the Gautrain management since April, with talks stalling in June.

In June, Phakamile Hlubi-Majola, a spokesperson for the union, said that the parties had agreed upon an 8% wage increase -well-above inflation, but negotiations on other demands had deadlocked.

NUMSA said that its members had balloted to stage a strike on Friday, 7 July.

However, the parties have now reached a settlement, with the following concessions made:

  • An 8% wage increase across the board
  • The housing allowance has been increased by 10% to R1,210.
  • Transport allowance increases by 5% to R105
  • The KPI bonus will increase by R500 to R9,000
  • Night shift allowance is R35 per hour
  • The Gautrain staff card will remain in place and continue to the bused from home to work. No worker will have to pay to travel to use the Gautrain to and from work!
  • The agreement is a one-year agreement valid from 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2024.

Numsa said that the employer initially wanted to remove the housing allowance, but it was able to retain and increase it by 10%.

It added that it was able to reinstate staff cards for employees, allowing its members to use the Gautrain without cost.

It said that having to pay to use the Gautrain to and from work almost made workers resort to strike action.

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