The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says workers have been forced to down tools and go on strike ahead of a very busy Easter weekend.
Numsa had given bus companies until the end of Tuesday to return to the negotiation table and heed the demands of drivers to avoid a national strike on Wednesday.
Thousands of bus drivers affiliated to various trade unions will down tools on Wednesday, leaving bus commuters stranded amid a negotiation impasse.
Numsa's Phakamile Hlubi explains that the improvement of working conditions remains one of the biggest issues and demands for workers.
Many of our workers are forced to work 16 hour shift.... This has been a burning issue for many of our members.— Phakamile Hlubi, Acting Spokesperson for NUMSA
She says that poor and strenuous working conditions have a negative impact on workers and the safety of commuters.
Workers are also demanding a 12% across-the-board pay increase.
Hlubi says the mediation process with various bus companies has been ongoing since February.
Since that time we've been discussing the demands on the table and, unfortunately, we've not been able to reach an agreement.— Phakamile Hlubi, Acting Spokesperson for NUMSA
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