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Gautrain bus drivers embark on wildcat strike

The strike is expected to leave several commuters stranded.

FILE: Gautrain management has confirmed bus drivers in Johannesburg have embarked on a wildcat strike this afternoon. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gautrain management has confirmed bus drivers in Johannesburg have embarked on a wildcat strike this afternoon which is expected to leave commuters stranded.

The company says it's not yet clear why the workers have declared a dispute.

Train drivers and station staff signed a wage agreement of up to 8.5 percent at the weekend.

The company's Errol Braithwaite says Johannesburg bus drivers have returned to the depot but are refusing to work the afternoon shift.

"Park Station, Rosebank, Midrand and Rhodesfield are affected at this stage. We don't know what the strike is about."

Meanwhile, transport unions and bus drivers are now locked in an urgent meeting in a bid to mediate with workers to resolve the matter.

Braithwaite says the strike has already created chaos.

"It will be disruptive and we apologise. We hope those who are disgruntled will follow the proper channels."