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autopaxlogoFin24 report on Thursday afternoon that about 3,900 passengers set to travel during the festive season were left stranded due to a wildcat strike at bus company Autopax.  Some 105 bus trips were affected.  

Autopax, a subsidiary of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa), operates bus services City to City and Translux.  Zanele Sabela, SA Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) spokesperson, said that about 700 of their members decided to embark on the wildcat strike on Wednesday.  This was initially in relation to certain payments for Sunday work that would only have been made in January instead of in December, but Sabela confirmed that that matter had been resolved.  However, workers were nonetheless unwilling to return to work until the Autopax CEO and his executive were removed.  According to Prasa’s Dr Sipho Sithole, the issue with Sunday pay had been resolved when Prasa CEO Sibusiso Sithole attended a meeting with the striking workers on Thursday morning.  In terms of the workers' second demand, however, he said that Prasa informed the workers that such a demand was not something it could resolve as it needed to be addressed by the Autopax board.  Sithole appealed to the drivers to return to work.  As at 15h00 on Thursday, the striking workers had not yet indicated whether they would return to work or not.

  • Read Carin Smith’s full report on this developing story at Fin24

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