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strike thumb medium85 85News24 reports that thousands of commuters woke up to a crippling nationwide bus strike that kicked off at 05:30 on Wednesday and forced people to stand in long queues for taxis.  

At least 50 bus companies were not operating across the country as the strike intensified.  The strike, over a wage dispute, put around 80% of the country's passenger buses on lockdown.  Workers are demanded a 12% increase across the board, while their employers have offered 7%. A strike notice was issued when wage negotiations at the South African Road Passenger Bargaining Council (SARPBC) deadlocked.  Minister of Transport Blade Nzimande said on Wednesday that all parties involved in the negotiations needed to urgently find a negotiated settlement.  "The only reasonable outcome that government expects from the negotiations, is the immediate resumption of bus operations, whilst labour and employers are finding a permanent solution to the impasse," Nzimande said.  A SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) shop steward commented:  "We are waiting for labour and management to go back to the negotiation table.  This is a lock-out strike.  All companies have locked out the premises.  That is why we are outside."  In a statement, Golden Arrow Bus Services said negotiations were still taking place and it remained "hopeful that an agreement can still be reached".

  • Read this report by Kaveel Singh, Amanda Khoza and Derrick Spies in full at News24
  • See too, Bus strike: Some bus commuters dreading wait to get home, at EWN

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