The increase in bus fares would take effect after August 13. It was at this time that the officers of the Ministry of Public Infrastructure and Department of Labour meet again unionists in the transport sector that will try to convince one last time, the authorities open discussions on working conditions employees in this sector.
Meanwhile, the Minister Anil Bachoo decided to suspend the increase in bus fares to take effect from Thursday morning. At a press conference held jointly with the Minister Shakeel Mohamed, Anil Bachoo made it clear that "this increase in bus fares will not enter into force as long as the union have not signed the collective agreement. "
The union agreed with the 19% wage increase proposed by the government. But the bone of contention is the fact that transport employees want "their working conditions are parallel journals. "They want, among other things, enjoy a 'attendance bonus' and an overhaul of 'meal allowance'. These collective bargaining around the improvement of working conditions had resumed Tuesday at the Victoria House. However, the meeting ended in failure after the authorities have made it clear to the negotiators that the conditions of employment must be negotiated with the National Remuneration Board (NRB) and not through collective bargaining. "
Still, the minister Shakeel Mohamed was categorical when the press conference: "The conditions of employment are not negotiable. Must await the conclusions of the NRB that are expected in six months. "
Anil Bachoo and Shakeel Mohamed say they regret that "the collective agreement has not yet been signed. "Because, according to the ministers, several employees of transport impatienteraient for their increase at the end of August. "I hope you will listen to reason union employees," argued the Minister of Labour.
In addition, the Minister gave Bachoo replica members of the Bus Owners' Association, which earlier in the day on Wednesday, asked the government to increase government subsidies to free transportation of schoolchildren and the elderly. The Minister of Public Infrastructure denounced the "double standards" of those who, according to him, he did not at any time made such a request. "But anyway, increasing subsidies to bus operators does not arise," said Anil Bachoo.
Over a period of three years
Rs 500 million. This is the amount the government has to pay to finance the wage increase of 19% which will be paid to employees in the transport sector. It should be noted that this increase will be distributed over a period of three years. For 2013, employees will receive an increase of 15% and 2% in 2014 and 2015.