Satawu spokesperson Zanele Sabela says the strike bus drivers embarked on this Wednesday morning was the only tool at hand to have their grievances heard.
Sabela apologised to thousands of commuters who were left stranded this morning as a result of the strike.
With CCMA's intervention, all parties involved will be going back to the negotiations table on Thursday and Friday to find a settlement to the matter.
However, bus drivers have agreed to continue with the strike while negotiations are underway.
Going into negotiations doesn't necessarily mean that our demands will be met. Unfortunately the strike will have to go on while the negotiations are taking place.— Zanele Sabela, Satawu spokesperson
Sabela says she cannot pre-empt what the outcomes of the negotiations would be because as Satawu, they are led by the bus drivers who at this moment are not willing to take anything less than what they are currently demanding.
The bus drivers are demanding a 21% wage increase while the employers are only offering 7%.
Worker are pretty adamant that they want what they want, so we are led by the workers and we will go according to their wishes.— Zanele Sabela, Satawu spokesperson
To hear the rest of the conversation regarding the nationwide bus strike, listen below: