The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has signed a wage agreement with bus company PUTCO following a grueling strike.

Today, Numsa together with other unions met PUTCO management under the auspices of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to give a final answer to the settlement proposed by PUTCO at the weekend.

PUTCO workers went on an unprotected strike last week, demanding a 6% pay rise as well as bonus payments.

Video – Putco bus strike continues in parts of Gauteng as employers offer new wages:

Numsa spokesperson Fakamile Hlubi-Maiola explains the wage settlement issue:

“PUTCO will increase wages by 6% on October 1, 2022. The promotion will not be retroactive. The annual bonus for 2020 will be paid by PUTCO to all employees who were employed by the company before April 1, 2020, spread evenly over 18 months. The one-off payment of R5,000 per employee in the bargaining unit will be paid in two installments. Following the signing of the settlement agreement, PUTCO will withdraw its application to the Labor Court for a review of the final appellate body’s dismissal decision. The 105 dismissal will remain in place but these people will have the opportunity to lodge an internal appeal no later than Friday 16 September.’

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