Gautrain set to go on strike on Monday over pay



Numsa has verified the certainty of a strike action on Monday

The Trade union said it had no option other than to go ahead with its planned strike action at Gautrain.

The strike will start on Monday until the management of Gautrain calls on the union to renegotiate.

Following a pay dispute between Gautrain operator, Bombela Operating Company, workers under the umbrella of Numsa threatened to down tools.

The commuter rail system has been in several talks and meetings with the union since March, it offered to increase workers salary to 4.1% but it was not accepted.

Numsa spokesperson, Phakamile Hlubi-Majola said they were unable to reach an agreement because management issued an ultimatum that the proposed wage increase for its members would be implemented despite not signing an agreement with the other party involved.

“All we want is an opportunity to talk. They are refusing to engage. They are imposing and this is something that is not allowed by the law. You may not impose changes without meaningful engagement.”

Gautrain disclosed that a contingency plan will be implemented to ensure train services continue but Numsa said some disruptions should be expected.

“We are the majority union, the strike will have an impact and will cause a disruption,” said Hlubi-Majola.

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