Satawu hands over memorandum

Satawu remains adamant that workers will only settle for a double-digit wage increase.

Bus drivers affiliated to Satawu march through the Johannesburg CBD on 10 May 2013. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Hundreds of South African Transport Allied and Workers Union (Satawu) members on Friday handed over a memorandum of demands to officials at the Gauteng Transport Department.

This as striking bus drivers continue their fight for higher wages.

The union indicated it would reject a nine percent wage hike offer and would only settle for a double-digit increase.

Traffic was severely affected in the Johannesburg central business district for a second time this week as drivers marched to government offices.

Satawu Gauteng chairperson and provincial secretary Chris Nkosi handed over a memorandum at the department.

"If this strike is not resolved, we'll make sure that there's no transport for at least two days every week."

Nkosi said they were consulting with members in the taxi industry about joining the strike, which is in its third week.

The Road Freight Bargaining Council offered bus drivers a 9,5 percent wage hike, but the union rejected it.

The march will now move to the bargaining council where another memorandum will be delivered.

WESTERN CAPE

Bus drivers are gathering at the Golden Arrow Bus Terminus in Cape Town ahead of yet another planned picket.

Some drivers said they hoped employers and union representatives would settle the dispute by the end of the day so they could return to work.

Negotiations deadlocked several times over the past three weeks.

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

Thousands of commuters, including schoolchildren, have been affected by the strike.