ALL Rea Vaya bus drivers who went on strike yesterday are expected back at work this morning.
Thousands of commuters were left stranded in Soweto and central Johannesburg when about 150 bus drivers embarked on an illegal strike demanding that they should be employed permanently as from today.
The South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu), which represents them, was yesterday afternoon still briefing them about the outcome of the court action and trying to persuade them to return to work.
The workers have promised the union they would go back to work today.
Clidet, the bus operator, lodged an urgent court application yesterday to force them to return to work.
Yesterday's strike follows one about two weeks ago. Drivers' had downed tools demanding recognition and an explanation of the safety clause in their contracts.
Clidet chief executive Jackie Huntley said they had agreed to employ them permanently from July 1.
"We had initially intended to employ them from September 1 but changed it when they said that was far," Huntley said.
Samwu spokesperson Dion Makhura said it was a challenge to deal with the bus drivers, who are mostly from the unregulated taxi industry.
When asked why they went on strike without informing their representatives first, Makhura said: "We do not know. But you have to understand that we are dealing with former taxi drivers here.
"There is a lot of education regarding labour rights that still needs to be done."
Huntley said they would take action against the drivers.