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strike thumb medium85 85ANA reports that many commuters were left stranded and seeking alternative transport as bus operations came to a halt on Wednesday morning across the country after drivers went on strike over wages.  

Drivers in the bus sector affiliated to the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) embarked on a national strike at 6am after wage negotiations with employer bodies, the Commuter Bus Employers Organisation and the SA Bus Employers Association (Sabea), reached a deadlock.  Satawu said as many as 17,000 workers were expected to join the strike.  The workers are demanding a 12% wage increase across the board, while employers are offering 7%.  Various bus companies have halted their operations, including Megabus; Gautrain Busses; Greyhound; Golden Arrow; MyCiti Bus in Cape Town; Rea Vaya in Johannesburg; Buscor in Mpumalanga; Bojanala in the North West; Algoa Bus in Port Elizabeth; Mayibuye in East London; Go George in George; Areyeng in Tshwane; Mgqibelo in Sedibeng; Lowveld Bus Company in Limpopo; PAL Bus in Mpumalanga; and Mphakathi in Mpumalanga, among others.

  • Read this report in full at The Citizen
  • Read too, Bus strike set to cause chaos across nation, at The Citizen

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