Stranded commuters scramble to make alternative travel plans

Numsa and Satawu have made it clear that the bus driver strike will continue until employers settle on a double-digit salary increase.

Commuters at the Johannesburg Park Station. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Thousands of bus commuters planning to travel for the Easter holiday will have to make alternative plans as the strike in the sector has entered a second day.

On Wednesday, unions rejected a revised offer of 9% by employers.

Workers affiliated to National Union Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) are demanding between 12 and 15%.

Anxious commuters are scrambling to find buses at Park Station to transport them to their various holiday destinations.

Some bus service offices are open on Thursday morning and appear to be assisting stranded commuters.

One man says he spent the night here trying to secure a ticket.

“Even this morning, I went to them because there was one Greyhound bus this morning and I asked them if there’s any buses for today and they said no to me because they’re still on strike.”

The number of people entering the station with suitcases is growing by the minute.

Numsa and Satawu have made it clear the strike will continue until employers settle on a double-digit salary increase.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)