Expired bus tickets valid - Golden Arrow

Golden Arrow commuters will be allowed to use their clip cards which expired during the strike.

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

CAPE TOWN - Golden Arrow Bus Service on Tuesday assured commuters that the validity of their clip cards would be extended.

Dozens of commuters with monthly and weekly bus tickets were worried they would lose out on clip cards purchased just before bus drivers took part in a nationwide strike.

The strike ended on Monday after nearly a month.

This after workers and bosses reached an agreement on a 9,5 percent wage hike, with an additional increase of 0,5 percent from 1 October.

Golden Arrow's Bronwyn Dyke said, "Commuters in possession of weekly clip cards with an expiry date after 18 April with unused or unclipped rides will be able to use it for travel until 26 May. Monthly clip cards will be valid for travel until 17 June."

Golden Arrow said Tuesday morning's peak service only operated at 80 percent capacity as some workers were unaware of a wage agreement being reached late on Monday.

Dyke said, "Golden Arrow Bus Services would like to thank its loyal for the continued patience during the strike. Unfortunately, due to the late notice on Monday, some of our staff members affected by the strike were not aware an agreement had been reached and that the lockout had been lifted."

The MyCiTi Bus Service also resumed services on Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile, the Transport and Omnibus Workers Union (Towu) apologised for the inconvenience caused during the strike.

Bus drivers embarked on a strike on 19 April demanding a 18 percent wage hike.

Following negotiations, they lowered their demands to 13 percent.

The Bargaining Council intervened and suggested a 9.5 percent wage hike.

All the roleplayers agreed to the offer on Monday.