Bus strike could continue

Commuters were affected by the lack of transportation after bus drivers downed tools on Friday.

Commuters were affected by the lack of transportation after bus drivers downed tools on Friday. Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) said on Saturday it was unclear when the nationwide bus strike will come to end, as wage negotiations were still underway in various provinces.

Unions are demanding an 18 percent increase while employers are offering 6.5 percent.

Commuters countrywide were affected by the lack of transportation after bus drivers downed tools on Friday.

Satawu's Vincent Masoga said they are just waiting on the talk's outcome.

"If the strike continues, we really sympathise with the South African bus commuters.

"We are just hoping that whatever the discussions we are going to have with our members over the weekend, it will make sure that we do not adversely affect the South African public.

"The unjust selection is not targeted at the commuters and the public at all. It is however targeting the employers."

Meanwhile, the South African Post Office said strike action by at least 200 of its casual workers at Witspos distribution centre in Gauteng has been called off, after an agreement was reached with management.

The workers downed tools on Tuesday, demanding that the process of them being appointed as permanent staff be expedited.

The previous post office strike lasted just over a month and caused massive backlogs.

The post office's Khulani Qoma said the strike only lasted for a day and workers are now back at work.

"We are on operational level as we know them, there is no crisis within the South African Post Office."