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Bus drivers demand R3k wage hike

The workers downed tools after bus dispatchers received a 40 percent wage hike.

Rea Vaya. Picture: Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG - Striking Rea Vaya bus drivers on Monday said they want an increase of R3,000 a month before they return to work.

This follows failed wage negotiations between unions and PioTrans last week.

The South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) said its members are demanding a major increase after Rea Vaya bus dispatchers received a 40 percent wage hike.

Samwu said drivers are now demanding wage equalisation, meaning an increase of around R3,000.

But PioTrans' Dumisani Mntambo said the demand is simply not possible.

"The problem is that this is the norm in the bus sector. The level of the dispatchers is a level higher than drivers."

Striking workers are also demanding better hours and contributions towards their provident funds, which were allegedly promised to them last year during the last bus strike.

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