Buses: going nowhere slowly

South Africa
The strike by bus drivers from Piotrans, the company which operates the Rea Vaya service, related to salary progression and the status of drivers who were shareholders in the company
A bus from the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service, Rea Vaya. Drivers are striking for higher wages. Picture: AFP PHOTO/PABALLO THEKISO

GAUTENG - Bus commuters will be without transport on Monday because of a strike by Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit drivers, the city said.

The strike by bus drivers from Piotrans, the company which operates the Rea Vaya service, is related to salary progression and the status of drivers who were shareholders in the company, the city said in a statement.

"We understand from Piotrans that the workers' demands are not the same as those of the workers involved in the nationwide strike as a result of the dispute at the SA Road Passenger Bargaining Council," it said.

Piotrans had advised the city that the drivers would be on strike from 04:00, and that it would seek an urgent Labour Court interdict to have the strike declare illegal.

The SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu) announced a nationwide strike on Thursday, which it said was a result of a wage negotiations deadlock. Workers were demanding an 18% increase.

While Satawu said employers had offered 2.5%, the Commuter Bus Employers' Organisation (CBEO) said the offer on the table was 6.5%.

The CBEO said workers were demanding a minimum monthly wage of R6000 across the industry, a R1000 housing allowance, and an increase in medical aid contributions.

Gautrain buses were not operating on Friday, but municipal buses were operating in Johannesburg.

-Sapa

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