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strike thumb medium85 85EWN reports that Golden Arrow Bus Services says the ongoing national bus strike could jeopardise the industry’s future.  The strike has entered its fourth week, forcing millions of commuters to find alternative transport.  

Spokesperson Bronwen Dyke-Beyer said:  “The demands by labour have been too high to be accommodated by the industry.  Conceding to such demands would jeopardise the sustainability of bus companies across South Africa.”  According to Dyke-Beyer, over the past 10 years the bus industry has increased wages by 9.22% on average per year.  She claimed these increases have consistently been the highest increases in the country for all categories of work.  “This is against a backdrop of stagnating economic growth in contrast to an average CPI over the last 10 years of 5.39% and an average annual increase of commuter subsidies of 5.19%.  Therefore, they cannot maintain a practice of paying 59% more than the minimum rates agreed to by the unions.”

  • This short report by Kaylynn Palm is at EWN

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