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strike thumb medium85 85BusinessLive reports that Johannesburg’s Metrobus service has been struggling since Tuesday to transport thousands of commuters in the city due to a strike by the Democratic Municipal & Allied Workers Union of SA (Demawusa).  

Four buses were stoned and two drivers were injured in the Joburg CBD when the strike started on Tuesday.  On Wednesday, five windows of a bus were broken after it was stoned.  No one was injured.  Talks deadlocked on Wednesday‚ but were due to resume on Thursday morning.  A Demawusa spokesperson indicated that their demands included increasing wages in line with the number of years an employee has been employed; increasing the wages of new employees to the Metrobus salary scale; paying long service bonuses; removing employees who have been in acting positions for more than three months and filling those vacancies with permanent appointments within three months; and removing all ticketing machines and replacing them with cashless machines.  Samwu and Imatu members are apparently continuing to provide transport services on a small scale, despite being intimidated.

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