JOHANNESBURG: Saftu have said that bus drivers across the country should not stop fighting for what they want and must continue with their strike in so doing.
The national bus strike has dragged on for four weeks as the parties involved are failing to reach a satisfactory mutual agreement. The bus companies have offered a 9% increase in the first year and 8% in the second year which the unions rejected as they stand firm on their 12% increase demand.
The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) Secretary-General Zwelinzima Vavi has said that the strike should go on and also other urged establishments that have supported the strike to continue doing so. The National Union of Mine Workers (NUM), the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu), the Transport and Omnibus Workers Union (TOWU) and the Tirisano Transport and Services Workers Union (TTSWU).
“Saftu urges all workers to continue and intensify their solidarity action in support of their fellow workers who are in the fourth week of a strike against intransigent employers,” said Vavi.
More than 17 000 bus drivers have embark on strike and has led to commuters who depend on bus services for transport to go to work and school fill up taxi ranks following the unavailability of buses.