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Autopax, unions reach agreement over wage dispute

Thousands of commuters were left stranded around the country when wage talks deadlocked earlier this week.

FILE: Bus commuters queuing to secure tickets at Park Station on the eve of the Easter long weekend. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Autopax has now confirmed it has reached an agreement with Translux and City to City bus services, ending a strike at the company.

Thousands of commuters were left stranded around the country when wage talks deadlocked earlier this week.

The agreement means Translux and City to City buses could be back on the road soon.

The agreement however still has to be ratified by union leadership before it comes to effect.

Some unions rejected the employer's latest 9% across the board increase during a meeting earlier this week.

Autopax, which incorporates Translux and City to City bus services, says its agreement with unions South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) and National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (Numsa) allows for an 8.5% salary hike for bus drivers.

Human capital executive Ranti Mahlabana says, “We grateful for the leadership and the manner in which they engaged with us and their cooperativeness and ensuring that the interests of our passengers are held at high regards.”

Meanwhile, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant is engaged in emergency talks in a bid to end the national bus driver’s strike.

Satawu had appealed to Oliphant for help.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)