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18 Apr 2018
7:44 am

17,000 expected to join countrywide bus strike


Commuters across the country have been left with no option but to use taxis and trains.

Commuters que next to Jabulani Mall in Soweto after bus drivers went on strike, 18 April 2018. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Many commuters were left stranded and seeking alternative transport as bus operations came to a halt on Wednesday morning across the country after drivers went on strike over a wage dispute with the employers.

Drivers in the bus sector affiliated to the South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) embarked on a national strike at 6am after wage negotiations with employer bodies, Commuter Bus Employers Organisation and South African Bus Employers Association (Sabea), reached a deadlock.

Satawu said as many as 17,000 workers were expected to join the strike

The workers are demanding a 12 percent wage increase across the board while employers are offering only seven percent. The union said it was demanding a living wage and decent working conditions so that workers can deliver quality bus transportation services.

As a result, various bus companies have halted their operations, including Megabus; Gautrain Busses; Greyhound; Golden Arrow; MyCiti Bus in Cape Town; Rea Vaya in Johannesburg; Buscor in Mpumalanga; Bojanala in the North West; Algoa Bus in Port Elizabeth; Mayibuye in East London; Go George in George; Areyeng in Tshwane; Mgqibelo in Sedibeng; Lowveld Bus Company in Limpopo; PAL Bus in Mpumalanga; and Mphakathi in Mpumalanga among others.

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