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Rea Vaya drivers go on strike

Rea Vaya bus drivers in Gauteng embarked on a strike on Monday, leaving thousands stranded.

A Rea Vaya bus arrives ahead of its maiden journey at Westgate Station in Johannesburg on 30 August 2009. Picture: Werner Beukes/Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - Rea Vaya bus drivers in Gauteng embarked on a strike on Monday, leaving thousands of Johannesburg commuters stranded.

City officials said negotiations with employers PioTrans deadlocked on Friday.

Workers are demanding an across-the-board wage increase, better hours and back payments on their provident funds.

Drivers of the Bus Rapid Transit System protested at the Dobsonville Rea Vaya bus depot earlier today.

City of Johannesburg spokesperson Lisa Seftel said drivers embarked on a strike this morning, after conciliation between the two parties did not succeed.

The parties had approached the National Bargaining Council for the Road Freight and Logistics Industry.

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