Bosses, unions meet to avoid Gautrain strike

FLASHBACK: Gautrain workers went on strike last month in Marlboro, Sandton, north of Johannesburg. Pic. Thobeka Ndabula. 25/09/07. © Sowetan.
FLASHBACK: Gautrain workers went on strike last month in Marlboro, Sandton, north of Johannesburg. Pic. Thobeka Ndabula. 25/09/07. © Sowetan.

Getrude Makhafola

Getrude Makhafola

Gautrain management and worker representatives will meet today in an effort to avoid another wage strike.

Last month more than 2000 workers downed tools demanding a wage increment, but were instead slapped with a court interdict forcing them to return to work two days into the strike. The two parties have since failed to reach an agreement.

The workers demanded a wage increase from the current R11 an hour to R19, a 100 percent funeral cover and incentive bonuses.

Several unions representing workers yesterday said they had referred the matter to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration.

"Management said they were consulting with the Department of Transport over the issues at hand. We will map the way forward after today's meeting," said NUM spokesman Lesiba Seshoka.

The multi-billion rand rapid rail being constructed between Tshwane and Johannesburg and first announced by Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa in 2000, is meant to be ready in time for the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

Transport Minister Jeff Radebe announced earlier this month that "the Gautrain will be ready come 2010".

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