Nationwide bus drivers’ strike enters second day

Bus employers and unions are expected to go back to the negotiation table today, as the nationwide strike in the sector continues for a second day.

Commuters queue for taxis in Mitchells Plain on day one of the bus drivers' strike on 18 April 2018. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG - Bosses at bus companies and unions are looking to the CCMA to help end an impasse in pay talks.

Thousands of commuters have been forced to make alternative means of transport due to the national bus strike.
Workers are demanding a 12% salary hike, while the employer is offering 7%.

Bus services involved in the industrial action include Reavaya, Gautrain, Putco, Greyhound, MyCiTi in Cape Town and Buscor in Mpumalanga.

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Some bus commuters at the Noord taxi rank, who had to make alternative plans to go back home on Monday, have criticised bus services for not notifying them of the strike in good time.

“Surprisingly today when I reached the bus terminal there were no buses. Now I am being inconvenienced financially. I have to use a taxi.”

Reavaya's Benny Makgoga says they hope the unions and the employer will to find common ground when they meet at the CCMA.

“Negotiations will restart again. By the afternoon we might hear any potential outcome.”

The unions are adamant they will not back down until their demands are met.

Tens of thousands of commuters will have to steel themselves for another chaotic commute.

In Cape Town, it was a hellish commute for hundreds of thousands of people heading to and from Cape Town's CBD on Wednesday.

Not only did those standing in the long queues at the taxi rank have to wait longer than usual, but they also had to do so in rain and icy cold wind.

Long lines of taxi commuters snaked into the Cape Town train station along Strand Street.

Metrorail has not yet been able to confirm how big of an impact the strike has had on its service, but the packed station and additional train trips gave an indication it was not just business as usual.

AFFECTED BUS SERVICES

  • Gautrain in Gauteng

  • Putco in Gauteng

  • ReaVaya in Johannesburg

  • Areyeng in Tshwane

  • Great North Transport in Limpopo

  • Algoa Bus Company in Port Elizabeth

  • SMT in Pietermaritzburg

  • MyCiTi in Cape Town

  • Golden Arrow in Cape Town

  • GoGeorge in George

Bus services operating as normal

  • Metrobus in Johannesburg

  • Tshwane Bus Service

  • Transnat in Durban

  • Ikhwezi in Richard's Bay

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)