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We want our pay, permanent jobs or strike continues - bus drivers

By unknown | Oct 08, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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Striking bus drivers in Durban now have a new demand.

They want to be paid for the days that they worked before going on strike against their employer - bus company Remnant Alton. The workers went on strike three weeks ago demanding permanent employment with the eThekwini municipality.

The municipality announced early in August that it would reclaim ownership of the buses from Remnant Alton but workers would remain contracted to the company.

Efforts by the CCMA to end the conflict ended in a deadlock last week. And a draft agreement struck between the unions and Remnant Alton that the no-work no-pay rule be enforced and that deductions be done over a three-month period also raised tensions.

Drivers' spokesman Alfred Dludla accused the company of refusing to pay the drivers. He said workers were asked to return their uniforms and money paid to them when drivers went on strike.

"They were supposed to have paid us on September 27. Now more than 10 days later salaries have not been deposited," said Dludla.

He said workers would only return to work once they had been given "permanent jobs" by the municipality.


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