RAF workers to resume work after deal

INTENSE negotiations between the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union and the Road Accident Fund ended a five-day strike by more than 1000 employees.

INTENSE negotiations between the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union and the Road Accident Fund ended a five-day strike by more than 1000 employees.

Satawu and the RAF engaged in a lengthy meeting, which started on Thursday afternoon and ended in the early hours of Saturday.

The union went on strike last Monday after the RAF's intention to introduce a new processing model that is technologically advanced and efficient than the current system.

The union feared the model would lead to job losses, since it would require only 500 lawyers out of 800 who handled road accident claims.

Satawu demanded, among other things, that:

The new system should absorb all the lawyers;

Employment conditions should not be affected;

Employees should be trained to operate the new system and;

If there is need for scarce skills, jobs should be advertised internally before going outside.

Satawu spokesperson Tinzi Lubabalo said they were happy with the outcome. He called on members to return to work from today. where they would hold report back meetings.

The strike started with a march to the offices of the Department of Transport in Pretoria, where they presented a memorandum to the department officials.

Lubabalo said they would sign on Friday after the meetings.

Last Tuesday the Transport Department forced the RAF back into talks with the union.

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