Bus drivers lower salary demands

Striking bus drivers have handed over their memorandum of demands to the Bargaining Council.

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

CAPE TOWN - The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) and Transport and Omnibus Workers Union (Towu) on Thursday handed over a memorandum of grievances to the South African Road Passenger Bargaining Council.

Bus drivers are continuing with their almost week-long industrial action against low wages.

Hundreds of bus drivers marched on Klipfontein Road to the bargaining council's offices in Rondebosch, Cape Town.

Workers are trying to get employers to up their wage offer.

Drivers initially demanded 18 percent, but have now brought it down to 13 percent in a bid to negotiate with employers.

Bosses said the demands are unrealistic and refused to offer a double digit increase.

Meanwhile, the Bargaining Council's Garry Wilson said the strike must come to an end.

He said the council will have no other option but to force parties to come to an agreement if the situation is not resolved soon.

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