National Bus Strike Hits Day Three


JOHANNESBURG: The Nationwide bus strike is yet to continue on Friday as the negotiating parties are still in dispute.

The Bargaining council will today negotiate the bid in ending the strike as the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has also intervened in negotiations between unions and employee bodies in a bus company strike which has left thousands of commuters having to find alternative transport for the past two days.

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 while the employer is only offering three-year agreement going up to 7.5%.

South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) spokesperson Zanele Sabela said the talks was adjourned on Thursday, as they were looking forward to resume on Friday morning.

“The ongoing strike could have been prevented if the employer was negotiating in good faith”, she said.