Satawu urges bus drivers to intensify strike

The nationwide bus strike looks set to continue this week as both parties have failed to reach an agreement.

Golden Arrow buses parked at the Cape Town bus terminal as drivers strike for better wages. Pictures: Bertram Malgas/EWN

CAPE TOWN – The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) says it's unclear when a new round of wage talks between unions and bus company bosses will resume.

Talks deadlocked yet again last Friday.

Workers are now demanding a 9.5% salary increase in the first year and 9% in the second year.

The nationwide bus strike looks set to continue this week as both parties have failed to reach an agreement.

Unions refuse to back down from their demands and instead plan to intensify the strike.

Satawu spokesperson Zanele Sabela says: “We call on them to actually intensify, put on the pressure so employers can come to the table.”

Sabela adds non-unionised workers should also join the strike action as they too will benefit from an agreement that will be signed.

Other issues also on the table include dual-driver payments, night shift times and the insourcing of workers.

The strike enters its sixth day.