The second round of wage negotiations at the South African Road Passenger Bargaining Council (SARPBAC), involving the employer parties consisting of the South African Bus Employers Association (SABEA) and the Commuter Bus Employers Organisation (COBEO) and the Labour parties SATAWU, TAWU, TOWU, TASWU and NUMSA are currently underway.
As at 9 February 2017, the Labour parties have declared a deadlock in the negotiations. The Unions have tabled some 40 demands consisting of inter alia an across the board increase of 20%. The Employer parties have responded by placing an offer of a three year agreement consisting of a 6% increase in year one and a 6.5% increase in the subsequent second and third years.
Mediation to resolve the dispute will commence on 7 March 2017.
Issued: Meko Magida on behalf of COBEO and SABEA Employer Associations)