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strike thumb medium85 85News24 reports that many commuters must once again look for alternative transport as the nationwide bus strike looks set to intensify as it enters its sixth day on Monday.  

The continued strike action comes as a result of failed wage negotiations between unions and employers over the course of a two-day meeting with the Commission of Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).  Workers initially demanded a 12% increase and employers offered 7%.  The workers have since rejected an offer of 8% for the first year, and 8.5% in the second year, instead proposing a 9.5% increase in the first year and 9% for the second.  "The bus strike is continuing, we are intensifying the action.  We are calling on non-unionised members to down tools in order to put more pressure on employers to give us what we want," the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) said.  A joint statement from all of the relevant trade unions said that the intensified strike action is in response to the employers "provocative attitudes" during negotiations.  The strike, which started last Wednesday, has left thousands of commuters stranded and a significant strain has been placed on other forms of public transport.  

  • Read this report by Christina Pitt in full at News24
  • See too, Bus strike: Commuters urged to find alternative transport on Monday, at EWN

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