The Transnet Bargaining Council (TBC) has set down 17 to 19 May 2021 for the conciliation of the wage dispute between Transnet and Organised Labour and appointed a seasoned former Trade Unionist and dispute resolution expert to facilitate the process.
Steve Harris, General Secretary of the United National Transport Union (UNTU), says, Meshack Ravuku, who spent 25 years of his career as a Trade Unionist before joining the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) as a Senior Commissioner for twenty (20) years, have been appointed to facilitate the wage dispute.
Ravuku is a former director of Tokiso Dispute Settlement and is the Chairperson of several Bargaining Forums.
Organised Labour declared a dispute on 22 April 2021 after they reached a deadlock in the 2021 Transnet Wage Negotiations with Transnet Management.
Organised Labour are demanding a 10% wage increase across the board coupled to a no retrenchment clause.
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.
UNTU will keep its Members abreast of any new developments as the dispute process unfolds.