National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola said although the mandate from their members was to settle on the 4%, this will only be confirmed after their National Shop Stewards Council which will be taking place at the weekend.
Sarpbac general secretary Gary Wilson said employers and trade unions showed a commitment to get the industry back on its feet by agreeing to an inflationary wage increase.
“Until Covid-19, we had seldom had a wage increase under 8% and that placed parties under a lot of pressure,” Wilson said.
He commended the parties for remaining positive in the face of challenges brought on by the pandemic after the industry lost 4,000 employees in the past year due to retrenchments, closures and companies that stopped operating when the economy slowed down.
"Though (some of the companies that stopped operating) have not resolved to close down, they are yet to return to operation as they are waiting for the economy to recover," Wilson said.
The industry has seen Greyhound and Citiliner bus services closing down while Autopax, which owns Translux and City to City, is embarking on retrenchments due to financial problems for which the pandemic has been blamed.