Strike Continues As Bus Companies Opens Negotiations


JOHANNESBURG: Bus companies say they are still open to negotiations to end the protracted driver strike.

Employers are offering a 9% salary increase from this month until next march. This will be followed by an 8% hike from April 2019 until March 2020.

Unions want a 9.5% increase among other demands.

John Dammert from the employer’s caucus explains what mediators’ have suggested at the negotiating table.

“The mediators have made a proposal which we have supported and the mediators’ proposal suggest 8% in first year and 8.5% in the second year, and that’s something we’re quite happy to support.”

The industrial action has lurched into its third week.