SOUTH AFRICAN BUS DRIVERS BEGIN NATIONWIDE STRIKE WEDNESDAY

JOHANNESBURG– South African commuters who depend on buses to commute will have to find alternative transport Wednesday as bus drivers embark on a nationwide strike.

The bus companies affected are those who drivers are affiliated to the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu), who have confirmed they will down tools from 5 a.m. local time Wednesday.

The workers are demanding a 12 per cent salary increase while the companies are only prepared to give them a seven per cent pay rise.

Satawu spokesperson Zanele Sabela said Tuesday that the union was still willing to engage with the various bus companies such as Rea Vaya and Golden Arrows, among others.

This follows the cancellation of a meeting that was supposed to happen between employers and the unions today (Tuesday) to try and find a solution to the impasse.,” Sabela said

“However, they (bus companies) pulled out because we issued them with a 48-hour notice of strike yesterday (Monday). As much as we are aware that this will inconvenience commuters, employers should be showing some care for their clients by making sure they come back to the people.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK