Bus drivers to march in CT

Striking bus drivers say they will not back down until their demands are met.

Striking bus drivers gather in Athlone on 25 April 2013. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Striking bus drivers will take to the streets yet again on Thursday as part of the ongoing national bus drivers strike.

Members of the South African Transport And Allied Workers Union (Satawu) and Transport and Omnibus Workers' Union (Towu) are continuing with their almost week long industrial action against low wages.

Striking bus drivers are gathering outside the Athlone Library from where they will proceed to the Bargaining Council offices.

They are singing struggle songs as they prepare to take to the streets.

The workers are demanding an 18 percent wage increase while the employers are offering a 6.5 percent.

Protesters say they will not back down until they get a double digit increase from bosses.

They say they are aware the nationwide bus strike is living thousands of commuters stranded every day, but they are doing this for the well being of their families.

Over 200,000 Golden Arrow commuters have been affected by the strike.