Labour Minister intervenes in bus strike

Talks between unions and associations deadlocked when labour rejected a 9% across the board increase. They are sticking to their demand of 12%.

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant is stepping in to try and bring an end to the national bus strike.

This is after the talks between unions and associations representing 18 bus companies deadlocked yesterday when labour rejected a 9% across the board increase. They are sticking to their demand of 12%.

The minister agreed to meet the parties on Friday after South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) reached out for assistance.

Labour Department spokesperson Teboho Thejane says the minister is concerned about the ongoing strike.

“This has inconvenienced a lot of citizens, the workers, the majority of who use the public transport. And the intention is to ensure that at least by Friday morning all parties involved meet and try to resolve this matter amicably.”

(Edited by Refilwe Thobega)