Numsa announced that its members would go on strike indefinitely at the Gautrain service on Monday.
Hlubi-Majola, spokesperson for Numsa, says the trade union has done everything possible to find a friendly solution to a wage dispute. She says the union has been negotiating with the Bombela Operating Company (BOC) that operates the Gautrain since March this year. The negotiations were suspended during the stricter levels of the lockdown period.
The trade union is demanding an 8% salary increase, while BOC is offering a 4% increase.
Numsa claims the company refuses to negotiate further and find a middle ground. According to Numsa, the lowest paid workers at the company earn R8 500 per month.
“There is a culture in the South African workplace that CEOs do as they please and force decisions on the workforce, instead of involving workers to find a solution. “Even if a company is experiencing financial adversity, its management – in terms of legislation – does not have the right to impose changes on workers without meaningful deliberation,” said Hlubi-Majola.
Numsa says BOC must therefore be held accountable for the disruption that the strike will cause.
Numsa says its members voted overwhelmingly in favor of the strike.