Organised Labour in Transnet today declared a dispute after they reached a deadlock in the 2021 Transnet Wage Negotiations with Transnet Management.
“Transnet wants workers to bear the brunt of the decade of state capture and the years of irregular expenditure and mismanagement. Organised Labour are prepared to fight our battle in the streets if we must,” said Steve Harris, General Secretary of the United National Transport Union (UNTU), and Jack Mazibuko, General Secretary of the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU), in a joint statement as Organised Labour in Transnet.
The dispute will be referred to the Transnet Bargaining Council (TBC). If the parties cannot manage to reach agreement at the TBC after conciliation, a certificate of non-resolution will be issued which will allow Transnet employees to embark on a protected strike.
The deadlock was reached after Transnet management proposed a 3% non-pensionable allowance on basic salary as a wage increase. Transnet refused to guarantee no retrenchments.
“This offer is so bad that Organised Labour can’t even present it to their constituents to obtain a revised mandate. It is rejected in totality. “
Organised Labour will keep its Transnet employees abreast of any new developments as the dispute process unfolds.
For more information phone Harris (UNTU) on 082 566 5516 or Mazibuko (SATAWU) on
082 660 4793.
Steve Harris Jack Mazibuko
GENERAL SECRETARY GENERAL SECRETARY