Carla Coetzee
1 minute read
15 Jul 2014
5:00 am

Tshwane bus strike leaves commuters in cold

Carla Coetzee

The City of Tshwane has urged commuters to make alternative travel plans on Tuesday after half of the city's bus drivers did not show up for work on Monday.

FILE PICTURE: Putco bus travelling a stretch of road. Picture: Sabrina Dean.

More than 60 South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) bus drivers went on an illegal strike yesterday without any prior notice, City of Tshwane spokesperson Selby Bokaba said.

Bokaba said the drivers were striking against the implementation of a new automated fare-collection system, which was to be implemented in November this year. This meant bus drivers would not handle cash any more.

The system uses tickets, which would be valid in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Tshwane, but would only be sold at specific bus ticket offices.

The city’s Blessing Manale said the system could mean a cut in jobs but it was a safer system for drivers and commuters.

While the city had met with Samwu representatives and informed them that they expected their members to be back at work today, Bokaba still warned commuters to make alternative arrangements.