Nationwide bus strike continues

Golden Arrow Bus Services says no agreement has been reached yet on the ongoing national strike.

Golden Arrow buses parked at the terminus in the Cape Town CBD. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Golden Arrow Bus Services says it remains hopeful unions will return to the bargaining table to continue wage negotiations as bus drivers continue their nationwide strike.

Some 200,000 Golden Arrow bus commuters are being forced to seek alternative forms of transport due to the strike.

Unions are demanding an 18 percent wage increase while employers are only prepared to offer between seven and eight percent.

Bosses say their demands are unrealistic and refuse to pay a double digit increase.

The services' Bronwyn Dyke says they apologise to all commuters for the inconvenience.

"Unfortunately Golden Arrow is not in a position to unlock the current situation as the bargaining council comprises two employer associations and two unions representing the entire South African bus industry."

Meanwhile, the MyCiti service remains suspended.

MyCiti operations across Cape Town were suspended last week following threats of violence.