Union threatens to down tools at Transnet’s freight, pipelines, harbours and Engineering operations could go on strike #SANews

Union threatens to down tools at Transnet.

The United Transport & Allied Trade Union (Utatu) has warned that workers in Transnet’s freight, pipelines, harbours and Engineering operations could go on strike soon, should a second conciliation meeting around a pay dispute, to be held on Monday, not lead to an agreement.

The union on Friday said that after a number of bargaining sessions with the State-owned freight logistics group, Utatu and the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union had declared a dispute.

The unions and Transnet already met with the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration earlier this month.

A follow up meeting had been schedule for April 19.

The unions were demanding a 15% pay hike, saying that the employees’ disposable income was being “ravaged” by the fuel and electricity price hikes.

In turn, Transnet was reportedly only offering a 7% pay rise.

Utatu noted that a 12,65% decline in actual employee earnings since 2005 was central to the dispute.

Further, it said that employees were dissatisfied with the disparities in terms of the productivity bonuses paid to employees and managers.

Transnet was not immediately available for comment.

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