Bus drivers to march to Parliament

Striking bus drivers are not backing down from their salary demand of 18 percent.

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

CAPE TOWN - Transport unions involved in the nationwide bus strike say they are planning to have a quiet weekend ahead of their march to Parliament on Tuesday.

The nationwide industrial action by bus workers entered its second week on Friday.

Workers are demanding an 18 percent wage increase while employers are only offering 9 percent.

Golden Arrow earlier this week made a call to government to intervene and help parties find a resolution.

The Democratic Alliance's Ian Ollis has agreed with the bus service saying government has organisations at its disposal that could put an end to disputes between employers and their workers.

"The call by the Golden Arrow Bus Company to government to intervene in the bus strike should be taken seriously. Government is empowered to actually intervene via organisations like the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to try to reach an amicable solution."

Over 200,000 Cape Town commuters have been affected by the strike including students.

Meanwhile, the MyCiti Bus Service is still suspended following threats of violence from striking drivers.