Some unions, employers still willing to talk to avoid bus drivers’ strike

Thousands of drivers affiliated to 3 unions could down tools next month after a strike certificate was issued earlier this month.

FILE: Golden Arrow bus. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - Some trade unions in the bus sector are still willing to go back to the negotiating table to avoid a bus drivers’ strike.

Thousands of drivers affiliated to three unions could down tools next month after a strike certificate was issued earlier this month.

They still have 17 days to try and resolve a pay dispute with employers.

The unions have indicated they will not compromise on their demand of a double-digit increase.

The companies are only offering a 7% hike.

It's also understood labour is calling for a one-year agreement, while employers want a deal over three years.

The Transport and Omnibus Workers Union's (Towu) Tony Franks says they've already compromised on some demands.

“We’ve dropped 10 of our items, the housing allowance and the medical aid. It's an issue for our members but we decided to drop them and said let’s talk.”

It's unclear whether parties will meet before the deadline but unions are busy surveying members about prospects of going on strike.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)