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Why are Gautrain workers striking?

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Gautrain workers are striking in an attempt to raise their wages, gain incentive bonuses as well as housing and travel allowance.

Gautrain workers, specifically those associated with the United National Transport Union (UNTU), are striking as a demand for a ten percent wage increase, incentive bonuses of R20,000, transport allowance reaching R800 and housing allowance reaching R1,600 from the Bombela Operating Company (BOC) who are the official Gautrain operators. They claimed that the reason for these demands was that they are expected to work incredibly early shifts, travelling to areas that they could not afford to live close to.

The BOC has offered an 8.5% increase with no incentives but this does not seem to have satisfied the strikers. On top of this, the BOC has refused to release its financial statements in response to pressure from UNTU, claiming that as a private company they are under no obligation to do so.

The workers have been on strike since Monday, 30 July 2018 and are showing no sign of slowing down.


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