Bus union distances itself from intimidation

Law enforcement agencies have been deployed to assist Metrobus and escort busses on certain busy routes.

Metrobus, not willing to risk the safety of commuters and drivers, called for back up for fear of its striking workers retaliating with violence.

READ: Gauteng commuters brace for another day without buses as strike continues

Speaking to Ray White on The Midday Report, MetroBus spokesperson Goodwill Shivuri said they have taken a break from negotiation talks with the union, however, the talks will continue on Wednesday when the CCMA mediates.

He adds that when it comes to figures, its a dicey situation as what the unions are asking for is salary adjustments across the board.

And apart from that, we also have issues with progressions, salary progressions from zero to three years to six years experience.

Goodwill Shivuri, MetroBus spokesperson

He said they have not put any offers on the table because they have agreements with recognised unions and Democratic Municipal and Allied Workers Union of South Africa (Demawusa) is not a recognised union.

He added that it is very difficult for them to go against the agreements they already have and that is why they referred the matter to the CCMA to mediate.

Shivuri said the plan was to operate at least at 40% of their routes with the JMPD's assistance on Monday.

The idea was to pilot our busy routes with at least some form of security because commuters are complaining, they are stranded and as you know we are talking about 70 000 commuters every day.

Goodwill Shivuri, MetroBus spokesperson

So the plan did not materialise well, we had very few busses that ran from the west which is to Roodepoort depot to Johannesburg and a little bit of those who ran from Sandton to Sunninghill. But this was not a sustainable plan.

Goodwill Shivuri, MetroBus spokesperson

White also spoke to Demawusa spokesperson Dion Makhura who said MetroBus went to court arguing that Damawusa wasn't a recognised union.

And the court told them that what they are saying it doesn't exist as they are not part of Salga at the bargaining council.

Dion Makhura, Demawusa spokesperson

Makhura adds that they have 247 members that have been verified during the CCMA process.

We are distancing ourselves from intimidation, we don't have members that are intimidating commuters.

Dion Makhura, Demawusa spokesperson

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