The City of Tshwane is at risk of facing full-blown strike action from its workers. That’s according to the National Union of Metalworkers, who is demanding that workers receive a fair transport allowance. The union says divisions within the city and its transport departments are not adhering to the basic conditions of employment act.
Numsa issues strike threat to City of Tshwane
Numsa workers driving for the Tshwane rapid bus system are demanding an increase on their R1100 transport allowance. The union says that figure has not been increased since 2014. At the same time, the union is demanding that the city provide transport for workers working late shifts.
“The Basic Conditions of Employment Act explicitly states that if workers are working awkward hours the employer has a duty to provide safe reliable transportation. Our members are expected to start work at 4am and knock off after 9pm. There is no safe reliable transport at that time and our members risk their lives trying to get to and from work. At the same time, they spend a fortune of their meagre wages on alternative transportation.”
Jerry Mourulane, Numsa Regional Secretary
Numsa members are demanding that the transport allowance is increased to R2500.
City promises to listen to workers
The City of Tshwane MMC for Roads and Transport, Dikeledi Selowa, received a memorandum from workers earlier this week. She has promised to set up a meeting with the management teams of the various agencies managing the bus systems. That meeting will take place this weekend, and look to determine if there is any funding in the city’s budget to add to the transport allowance.
Numsa says that if the response is not adequate, they will serve the city with a 48-hour strike notice. This will be a full shut down of the Areyeng bus service, and include security workers.