Bus Strike Leaves Commuters Stranded

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JOHANNESBURG- Commuters relying on bus services may find themselves desperate and mostly may stay home from Wednesday due to the national strike.

The strike comes after a deadlock in wage talks between the unions and employer associations including Commuter Bus Employers Organisation and SA Bus Employers Association.

The wage negotiations have been ongoing since January, as the union’s demands is 12% “across the board wage increase” ”, which includes a minimum wage of R8 000.

In a statement issued by the City of Johannesburg, it has warned all commuters to find alternative transport as Rea Vaya buses will not be operating due to national strike.

Rea Vaya’s spokesperson, Benny Makgoga said, “As a result, our passengers will be stranded once again because the drivers will be on strike and we urge them to use alternative public transport.”

The strike has as also affected short and long-distance bus services countrywide.

Yesterday the unions where given a 48-hour deadline for an agreement to be reached. Due to failure to meet the demands of the unions, workers have downed their keys.