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Some bus drivers want to work again

Some Golden Arrows bus drivers want to return to work as the strike enters its fourth week.

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

CAPE TOWN - Some Cape Town bus drivers had on Monday asked their employers to allow them to get back behind the wheel again as the nationwide bus strike entered its fourth week.

Thousands of workers downed tools demanding a double digit wage increase of 10 percent while employers are standing firm on their offer of nine percent.

Some Transport and Omnibus Workers Union (Towu) members have called Golden Arrows Bus services to unlock the gates and allow them to return to work.

The bus company prevented workers from entering the premises after they embarked on industrial action last month.

Golden Arrows' Bronwen Dyke said that they had considered suspending the lockout if unions Towu and Satawu signed an agreement stating that there would be no violence, vandalism or disruptions, Towu agreed, but Satawu refused.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Satawu members last Friday handed over a memorandum of demands to officials at the Gauteng Transport Department.

Satawu said their march through the Johannesburg city centre was an intensification of the bus drivers' strike and came as they prepared to respond to the latest wage offer.

Thousands of commuters including school children have been affected by the nationwide strike.

The Congress of the South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) supports Satawu as it believes their demands are justified.

However, the trade union federation has called on the role players to quickly find a compromise in order to end the strike.