An outstanding response was received from the branches of the United National Transport Union (UNTU) in Transnet, to the Transnet wage mandate requested on the facilitator’s proposal of a 4% wage increase linked to mandatory membership of a medical aid, in an attempt to end the wage dispute.
John Pereira, Acting General Secretary of UNTU, says the majority of UNTU Branches mandated the leadership of the Union to reject the proposal made by Meshack Ravuku, the facilitator appointed by the Transnet Bargaining Council (TBC) to conciliate the dispute after wage negotiations between Transnet and Organised Labour ended in a deadlock.
According to Pereira Organised Labour must respond to Ravuku by close of business today to indicate the mandates obtained from its members. Transnet must respond to Ravuku to indicate if the state-owned enterprise is prepared to increase its final wage offer of 3% for the current financial year, by a percentage.
UNTU will continue to keep Transnet employees abreast of developments.