South Africa 15.5.2018 09:12 am

Bus companies slowly rolling out service after disruptive strike

Reya Vaya Buses parked in Soweto depot in Soweto, 18 April 2018, as a national bus strike affected services in Johannesburg, 18 April 2018. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Reya Vaya Buses parked in Soweto depot in Soweto, 18 April 2018, as a national bus strike affected services in Johannesburg, 18 April 2018. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

The bus strike came to an end after on Monday, five unions agreed and signed a new offer.

Though the nationwide bus strike in South Africa was called off on Monday after workers and employers reached an agreement, some bus companies such as the Gautrain said on Tuesday that their operations would not resume immediately.

In a statement issued shortly before 6am, the Gautrain said the early morning bus service was not available due to a bus driver meeting taking place. Buses were dispatched after the meeting.

Long-distance coach Greyhound and Citiliner also said that its services resumed on Monday, but all routes would only be fully operational from Wednesday.

Reya Vaya, MyCiTi and A Re Yeng – the bus rapid transit systems in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Tshwane respectively – were back in operation on Tuesday.

Thousands of bus drivers downed tools a month ago, demanding wage increases and better working conditions. On Monday, five unions agreed and signed a new offer including a nine percent across-the-board wage increase for the first year and eight percent for the second year.

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