Bus strike plays havoc with businesses

Cape Chamber of Commerce says productivity is being affected.

The Cape Town Bus Terminus is completely deserted on 19 April 2013. Picture: Chanel September/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Cape Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday said the on-going bus strike has played havoc with many companies.

Absenteeism, late-coming and productivity have all contributed to businesses bottom lines.

Some 200,000 Capetonians have been affected by the strike as Golden Arrow and MyCiti buses have been taken off the roads.

The chamber's Michael Bagraim said commuters were bearing the brunt of strike.

"They ended up paying three times their normal bus fare. They are also landing up with all sorts of disciplinary problems at work. Obviously the employers are complaining specifically because the jobs are suffering."

The strike is now in its third week.

The union is demanding a salary increase of 18 percent while the employer is offering between six and seven percent.

Meanwhile, the Western Cape Education Department has recorded high levels on absenteeism at schools.

Some schools in the Cape Town central business district have about 30 percent of absenteeism.