Bus strike negotiations to reopen with CCMA intervention

Thousands of commuters have been left stranded across the country as bus drivers embark on a nationwide strike.

Bus drivers are demanding a 12% salary increase but the negotiations have been deadlocked as employers are only offering 7%.

EWN reporter Craig-Lee Smith reporting from Bellville bus terminals says commuters have been standing in long queues since the early hours of the morning trying to catch taxis to work.

Many commuters have voiced out their frustrations saying that Golden Arrow should have given them enough time to organise alternative transport.

Bellville is one of the busiest terminals in the City of Cape Town servicing thousands of commuters daily.

Read: Satawu: Collapse of wage negotiations led to bus strike

Some of the commuters I have spoken to do understand the frustrations with the bus drivers need for increased wages. But on the other side they are also frustrated because they do not have cars or other modes of transport to get to work.

Craig-Lee Smith, EWN reporter

EWN reporter Kevin Brandt is at the Mitchells Plain transport hub where a lot of commuters are still arriving at the taxi rank to make their way to work.

He says there are very long queues with commuters already displaying frustrations and anger with regards to the situation.

A lot of them say that they do not have money to make alternative arrangements to get to work. Some already stated that they are worried what the afternoon would look like if the morning is this busy.

Kevin Brandt, EWN reporter

It's already after 7am, a lot of them are saying they would have arrived at work but at this stage they are still stationary here.

Kevin Brandt, EWN reporter

Secretary General of the South African Road Passenger Bargaining Council, Gary Wilson says negotiations are still deadlocked, although they have been working very hard to get all the parties involved toreach an agreement.

Wilson apologised to stranded of millions of commuters across South Africa assuring them of their commitment to resolve the situation.

We have now secured the services of the CCMA and we can confirm that as of last night the parties have agreed to go back to the negotiating table tomorrow.

Gary Wilson, Secretary General of the South African Road Passenger Bargaining Council

We are hoping that by Friday we would have reached some kind of settlement so that we can call off the strike.

Gary Wilson, Secretary General of the South African Road Passenger Bargaining Council

We are aware that the traffic situation is not favourable, but we can assure our people that we are trying very hard to reach a settlement as soon as possible.

Gary Wilson, Secretary General of the South African Road Passenger Bargaining Council

It is still not clear whether the strike will be called off while the negatiations are underway.

Wilson says it is up to the parties whether they want to call off the strike or continue with it until a settlement is reached.

To hear the rest of the interviews, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Bus strike negotiations to reopen with CCMA intervention


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