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Bus strike not affecting CT schools

WC Education says industrial action from bus drivers is not causing absenteeism.

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

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Education Department said on Monday the ongoing bus driver's strike is not affecting school attendance in the province.

Some 200,000 Golden Arrow bus commuters are being forced to seek alternative forms of transport as drivers continue their national strike.

Unions are demanding bus drivers be given an 18 percent wage increase.

The department's Bronagh Casey said, "We have been monitoring the situation very closely and there have been no reports of a spike in absenteeism in any of the affected areas. We will however continue to monitor the situation."

Meanwhile, officials said on Sunday the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) is set for a second week of strike action.