Gautrain commuters are in for yet another disappointment as the employee strike entered its second week on Monday, with the CCMA having entered the fray.
The strike by Gautrain workers entered its second week on Monday, 6 August 2018. Workers downed tools on 30 July 2018, causing a week-long inconvenience to commuters as its services were only limited to certain time periods and stops.
Members affiliated to the United National Transport Union (UNTU) are demanding a 10% increase in wages for members, as well as R20,000 in bonuses. Gautrain is, however, only offering an 8.6% increase. The Commission Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) stepped in after a wage between UNTU and the Bombela Operating Company, which operates the Gautrain, failed to reach an agreement.
Partly due to the strike, the rail service was not available this weekend. “The Gautrain service will not operate over the upcoming weekend, 4 and 5 August 2018. Daytime maintenance works are required and were scheduled to be conducted toward the latter part of the year. Not to again inconvenience passengers later in the year, and in light of the current reduced service due to the strike, we have decided to bring these works forward. The result of which is that the train service be unavailable on Saturday, 04 August and Sunday, 05 August. Works that will be carried out will include track and other auxiliary maintenance”, it said in a statement.
“The United National Transport Union welcomes and accepts the invitation of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration to try and resolve the #GautrainStrike entering its fifth day today. While #UNTU members and their families are suffering without payment, thousands of commuters have been left stranded and frustrated by the Bombela Operating Company (BOC) reduced service during peak time to try and minimise the effect of the strike”, the union said on Friday.