Cosatu calls for end to bus strike

Cosatu has called on all the parties involved in the nationwide bus strike to settle.

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

CAPE TOWN - Congress of the South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in the Western Cape on Monday called for parties involved in the nationwide bus strike to settle.

The strike which has affected commuters across the country has entered its third week.

The South African Transport Allied Workers Union (Satawu) is demanding an 18 percent wage hike while employers have offered nine percent.

Cosatu made it clear it supports the demand for a double digit increase because workers need to earn a living wage.

However, the trade union federation said commuters, who rely on the bus services to get to work, were bearing the brunt of the strike which was being unnecessarily drawn out by some roleplayers in the industry.

It called on parties to settle on a 10 percent wage increase, but Satawu is still demanding an 18 percent wage increase.

Talks between the unions and employers at the Commission for Reconciliation, Mediation and Arbitration could resume this week.

Meanwhile, striking bus drivers are expected to march to Parliament on Tuesday.

They want government to intervene.