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By Sapa | Apr 22, 2013 | COMMENTS [ 4 ]

Bus commuters will be without transport on Monday because of a strike by Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit drivers, the city said.

The strike by bus drivers from Piotrans, the company which operates the Rea Vaya service, related to salary progression and the status of drivers who were shareholders in the company, the city said in a statement.

"We understand from Piotrans that the workers' demands are not the same as those of the workers involved in the nationwide strike as a result of the dispute at the SA Road Passenger Bargaining Council," it said.

Piotrans had advised the city that the drivers would be on strike from 4am, and that it would seek an urgent Labour Court interdict to have the strike declare illegal.

The SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu) announced a nationwide strike on Thursday, which it said was a result of a wage negotiations deadlock. Workers were demanding an 18 percent increase.

While Satawu said employers had offered 2.5 percent, the Commuter Bus Employers' Organisation (CBEO) said the offer on the table was 6.5 percent.

The CBEO said workers were demanding a minimum monthly wage of R6000 across the industry, a R1000 housing allowance, and an increase in medical aid contributions.

Gautrain buses were not operating on Friday, but municipal buses were operating in Johannesburg.

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If one does not like what they are paying in the passenger transportation industry one goes to parliament. You may end up being a state president, who knows. Like the other day I did not like that lady's puccy, I got dressed and went home. These SATAWU guys just want to impress their girlfriends. It is mating season, the mating dance is preceded by boycotts/protest of varying proportions. Watch the maternity space in February/March next year and you will buy me a beer.

Apr 22, 2013 10:34 | 0 replies

We need to review the Constitution on Labour Laws, this is ridiculous, every week there is a strike. The govt need to set a National Minimum Wage and everyone (companies & unions) ought to abide by it. Otherwise we run the risk of chasing potential empolyers and investors out of the country. An Amendment would be a good starting place

Apr 22, 2013 10:59 | 0 replies

Apartheid Legacy leaves on, same commuters during those days are still the same affected not the other race groups then one says we mustn't use Apartheid as an excuse, Onxowa Nkulu in high rise buidlings and posh offices still believes blacks are not worth a leaving wage,

Apr 22, 2013 11:8 | 0 replies

The only language that Mr employer can understand is what you guys are doing, strike. But I think you failed in your strategy this time around.Normally the timing of your strike coincides with Easter Holidays so that busses would not be available Moria Transport. This then pressurised Mr employer to come to the party.Now at the moment is bussiness as issual. I mean the pain inflicted is not as painfull as it was supposed to be.

Apr 22, 2013 3:48 | 0 replies