Transport minister pleads with bus drivers, employers to resolve labour dispute
Joe Maswanganyi says there is no contingency plan in place if bus drivers decide to go on strike by midnight.
JOHANNESBURG - Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi has pleaded with bus drivers to quickly resolve their labour dispute with their employers, to avoid a 'disastrous' situation for commuters hoping to travel home for Easter.
A number of bus services are affected.
Workers are demanding a 15% salary increase while employers are offering 7.5%.
The CCMA is acting as a mediator trying to find an amicable solution.
The transport minister said: “We don’t see any other outcome than a positive outcome because anything outside that is going to be a disaster.”
Maswanganyi says there is no contingency plan in place if bus drivers decide to go on strike by midnight.
“There is no way our buses, [such as] Translux [and] City to City, can cope if the other bus drivers go on strike.”
The minister says he is hopeful and believe all parties involved want to resolve the dispute as soon as possible.
(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)