Wednesday, 14 October 2020 20:15


The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has signed the wage proposal made by the management of the Bombela Operating Company (BOC), thus effectively ending the strike.

Gautrain workers affiliated with Numsa had been on strike since 5 October over a wage dispute.

The union was demanding an 8% increase, which was met with an offer of a 4.1% increase by Gautrain.

This is according to spokesperson Kesagee Nayager, who said the company had offered a 4.1% salary increment.

"We are pleased to advise that the strike which commenced on October 5 2020, following wage negotiations that deadlocked between the Bombela Operating Company and Numsa, has ended. Numsa and BOC, with the support of the CCMA, have found a way in which the company’s offer of 4.1% can be supported with employees in the lowest salary bands being better protected through this difficult period,"said Nayager.

This comes after talks between the union and the employer deadlocked last week. Numsa spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola said talks broke down and an agreement to mediate through the CCMA was reached.

The union said they had agreed on the following:

  • Lower-income earners earning up to and including R8,500 per month will receive a R900 per month increase
  • Employees earning R8,501 to R20,000 per month will receive R850 per month more
  • All employees who earn more than R20,000 will receive a 4.1% increase
  • The increase will be backdated to July 1 2020.

Trains will continue to operate at 15-minute intervals during peak periods and at 30-minute intervals in the off-peak period, with the standard Gautrain train service resuming on Friday.