JHB bus drivers’ strike averted

Samwu says it has reached an agreement with Metrobus to prevent a strike by drivers.

Metro buses at a municipal depot in Johannesburg. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) on Monday said a bus drivers' strike in Johannesburg had been averted, after it reached an agreement with Metrobus.

The workers had planned to go on strike from today, because of their unhappiness with the bus company cutting their shifts.

But in a meeting between the union and Metrobus, they agreed that the strike should be cancelled.

Samwu's bus sector organiser, Dion Makhura, said while the industrial action would not go ahead, there were still unresolved issues at Metrobus.

He said the company, however, vowed that decreasing shifts would not lead to the retrenchment of workers or salary cuts.