Bus strike caused severe damage, but did it succeed? No, says labour analyst

It’s settled; the bus strike is over.

The issue dragging things out was the unions’ insistence that the agreed-upon 9% salary hike be backdated to 1 April.

On Monday, unions agreed to back-pay, on the basic wage, from 17 April.

Services should resume on Tuesday.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Labour Analyst Gavin Brown and APM Africa People Mover CEO Tumisang Kgaboesele.

Listen to the interviews in the audio below (and/or scroll down for quotes from it).

It’s one of the longest national strikes we’ve had in many years…

Gavin Brown

I don’t think so [when asked if it was a successful strike]… The gains are minimal.

Gavin Brown

No work no pay is a golden rule.

Gavin Brown

The reason for this [duration of the strike] is the centralised bargaining structure… Speed of negotiations is the first casualty…

Gavin Brown

Irreparable damage has been done to the industry. Very few companies will be left standing… accumulated massive losses… I’m making arrangements with creditors…

Tumisang Kgaboesele, APM Africa People Mover

…There are those [commuters] who insist on getting their cash back, so that’s what we are doing…

Tumisang Kgaboesele, APM Africa People Mover

We are in deep trouble.

Tumisang Kgaboesele, APM Africa People Mover

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