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Rea Vaya bus drivers on strike

Commuters across Johannesburg have been urged to make alternative arrangements.

Rea Vaya bus drivers embarked on an indefinite strike on 31 March. Picture: Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - The company that operates Rea Vaya buses says drivers embarked on an indefinite strike in Johannesburg this morning due to their unhappiness with the shift system.

Commuters across the city have been urged to make alternative arrangements.

Piotrans says it tried to negotiate with the employees affiliated to the South African Municipal Workers Union who want preference on the shift system based on seniority.

The company says the demands are impossible to meet as 95 percent of the drivers have been with the company since its inception four years ago.

"The company is four-years-old and we don't have senior drivers. Two percent are senior drivers but most of the drivers started with the company."

Significant congestion is expected at taxi ranks and commuters have been warned to make alternative arrangements.

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