Transnet concludes three-year wage agreement with UNTU to end strike
The company’s priority in the immediate is clearing any backlogs across the port and rail system.
Transnet SOC and the company's majority union United Transport and Allied Trade Union (UNTU) reached a three-year wage agreement, applicable for the period 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2025, in a process mediated by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).
This ends the current two weeks of industrial action started on Oct 6, 2022, by UNTU members with immediate effect.
"The company's priority in the immediate is clearing any backlogs across the port and rail system – prioritising urgent and time-sensitive cargo, and implementing recovery plans, working with industry and customers," the release reads.
As of 30 September 2022, UNTU had 24 992 members, accounting for 53,9% of bargaining unit employees at Transnet. The agreement, which applies to all bargaining unit employees including those who are not members of UNTU, is effective from 1 April 2022 and will be implemented from 1 October 2022.
It includes the following elements:
• Year 1: a 6,0% increase in the basic wage for levels H to L, and 6,0% on the annual cost-to-company package for level G.
• Year 2: a 5,5% increase in the basic wage for levels H to L, and 5,5% on the annual cost-to-company package for level G.
• Year 3: a 6,0% increase in the basic wage for levels H to L, and 6,0% on the annual cost-to-company package for level G.
• An increase in the medical aid subsidy, in line with the increases in the basic wage, over the duration of the agreement. The increase on the medical subsidy for the 2022/23 financial year will be implemented from 1 October 2022.
• An increase in the housing allowance commencing from year 2023/24 and 2024/25.
• The back-pay for the period 1 April to 30 September 2022 will be paid in two tranches
– three months' back-pay on 15 November 2022, and three months' back-pay on 16 January 2023.
Transnet appreciates the support that has been received from all stakeholders, including the CCMA, Government, customers and industry broadly.