Nationwide bus strike kicks into gear on Wednesday

Thousands of bus drivers affiliated to various trade unions will down tools on Wednesday and leave South Africa's bus commuters stranded amid a negotiation impasse.

The nationwide strike is indefinite and affects bus services including MyCiti, Golden Arrow, Autopax, Greyhound, Putco, Gauteng Coaches, Mega Coaches, Mayibuye, Rea Vaya, and Great North Transport.

Read: Golden Arrow suspends all services as national bus strike looms

Bus drivers are demanding a 12% across-the-board pay increase, but could not reach an agreement with 16 companies, who are only offering around 7.5%.

Wage negotiations have been going on for the past three months, reports EWN's Xolani Koyana.

Bus drivers were also demanding a review of the working hours, medical aid and other labour conditions.

While not all bus drivers are involved in the strike, bus services have opted to suspend all services for the safety of all staff and passengers, Koyana explains.

Trade unions involved in the negotiations deadlock are Transport & Omnibus Workers Union (Towu), the SA Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu), National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and other smaller organised groups.

Metrorail has confirmed it will extend train operating hours to assist during the bus strike.

Take a listen to the EWN update:

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