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By unknown | Sep 30, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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Remnant Alton management said yesterday they were going ahead with plans to advertise the positions of sacked bus drivers unless the unions appealed the decision.

Remnant Alton management and the commission for conciliation, mediation and arbitration (CCMA) were until late yesterday locked in a meeting in a bid to end the two-week-long strike.

Remnant Alton human resources manager Jabulani Mngadi said yesterday's meeting adjourned without a solution.

He said talks would continue again today but insisted that they have finalised plans to advertise the 800 bus driver vacancies.

The drivers were dismissed last week for embarking on an illegal strike.

"I am not going to take chances and wait any longer," Mngadi said. "I need to begin recruiting new drivers so that operations can resume."

He said if mediation efforts failed the company would be forced to hire new drivers.

He said the city could probably not have buses for close on two months while the process of hiring new drivers was under way.

Mngadi said the drivers had a contract with the company that ends in October 2010.

South African Transport Allied Workers Union secretary Justice Xaba said they had already appealed against the decision taken by the employer to fire their members.

He said they were waiting for the CCMA to schedule a meeting, probably today, to discuss the issue of Satawu's appeal.


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