Cape Town commuters were left stranded yet again as the MyCiti bus strike enters its second day.
Mayco Member for Transport, Brett Herron said that the demands of the bus drivers were not known as an agreement with the drivers had been reached about four months ago.
MyCiti Bus strike leader Patrick Mabindisa says the City of Cape Town doesn't want to meet up with them to hear their demands. They keep on avoiding them and saying they don't know what their demands are, he adds.
You see the City of Cape Town and our employers, all of them, are undermining us because they don't see our grievances as important.— Patrick Mabindisa, MyCiti Bus strike leader
Mabindisa says they took to the street because they are subjected to unfair labour practices and ill-treatment.
He says that they are also unhappy with the current salary scale. The issue during the previous bus strike was that the authorities chose to ignore it, says Mabindisa.
According to Mabindisa, the strike is not only for MyCiti drivers but includes security, cleaners and cashiers all working under the City of Cape Town or outsourced companies.
We can see that our employers have already scratched us out of our jobs because they don't want to address the tangible issues that affect the workers.— Patrick Mabindisa, MyCiti Bus strike leader
As workers, we tried our utmost best not to go on strike but we were forced by our employers. This means they wanted us to be in the streets.— Patrick Mabindisa, MyCiti Bus strike leader
This is very painful for me because I've already lost two days of my wages but the employers are still going to get their salaries.— Patrick Mabindisa, MyCiti Bus strike leader
Mabindisa says they are prepared to go back to work if the issues outlined are addressed and that no worker participating in the strike will be subjected to any disciplinary process.
For now, the strike continues, says Mabindisa.
To hear the rest of the conversation with Patrick Mabindisa, listen below:
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : MyCiti bus drivers accuse employer of unfair labour practices and ill-treatment