Labour Minister Oliphant to meet unions, bus companies

Mildred Oliphant steps in to intervene after the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union reached out for assistance.

FILE: Minister of Labour Mildred Oliphant. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant will meet trade unions and bus companies as part of emergency talks aimed at ending the national bus strike.

Oliphant steps in to intervene after the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) reached out for assistance.

Unions rejected the employer’s latest 9% across-board during a meeting this week.

Labour department spokesperson Teboho Thejane says Easter is a crucial time for many South Africans.

“We’re concerned the workers cannot travel to see their families or attend church so she intends to meet with all parties involved in an attempt to find common ground.”

Satawu spokesperson Zanele Sabela says the union hopes Oliphant's intervention could help.

“We have been at this for three months now, so stances have hardened. The intervention of someone who’s neutral in the interest of the public and the commuters could see us resolve this as soon as possible.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)