19 April 2018

South Africa: Limusa Supports the Satawu Strike

press release

We are impressed by the revolutionary spirit displayed by workers and support their demands against the stubborn employers in the industry. These mode of transport is used by our members, communities and school children as they keep this economy alive and employers must know that the strike affects everyone in society in particular poor people who live far from cities and factories.

The bus sector is heavily subsidised by the State and they must share the exorbitant profits with the workers.

As LIMUSA, we believe the employers can afford the demands of workers. The mere 12% across the board, a basic salary of R8000 and R400 monthly allowance amongst other demands are reasonable taking into account the ever increasing cost of living items including the recent VAT increase that is hitting hard on the depressed pockets of workers.

We are calling on society to support this strike and calling on the employers to go back to the negotiating table with a settlement offer.The Minister of Transport must monitor the strike and intervene as early as possible in defence of workers.

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