Numsa threatens to go on strike if Tshwane does not accept the transport allowance claims

Numsa marched to the Tshwane city office on Friday

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has warned the city of Tshwane that its members will go on a secondary strike if its demands for transport allowances are not met.

Numsa’s warning came after his march to Tshwane city offices on Friday, where he asked the city to step in to ensure workers at Tshwane Rapid Transit, Tshwane Affected Investment Operation and Xtremetec Management a transportation allowance.

In a statement on Saturday, the union said they work from 4am and drop off after 9pm. But the agencies, which run Tshwane City’s Areyeng BRT system, don’t want to provide workers with allowance or adequate transportation, Numsa said.

“There is no safe and reliable transportation 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 meager salary on alternative transportation,” said Jerry Morulane, regional secretary Numsa’s Hlanganani, in a statement on Saturday.

Morulane said Tshwane Rapid Transit has been providing workers with a transportation allowance of R1 100 since 2014, which has not increased. The workers of Xtremetec, currently on strike for an increase in the transport allowance, receive only R600.

The union is now demanding a transport allowance of R2 500 for its members and an allowance of R60 per hour for the night shift.

Numsa presented its demands to the city’s MMC for roads and transport, Dikeledi Selowa.

The union said Selowa has promised to arrange a meeting with the agency management team to see if the city has funds available to assist workers with a transportation allowance. They will reply in writing by next Wednesday.

“We will be waiting without interest for a response from the city to our requests. If they do not respond adequately to our requests, our members of TRT (Tshwane Rapid Transit) and TAIO (Tshwane Affected Investment Operation) have instructed us to serve the city with a notice of 48 hours for a secondary strike to join Xtremetec workers, “Morulane said.