Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Johannesburg Bus Strike Continues

The strike of Metro Bus drivers in Johannesburg drags on, as drivers demand scaled wages based on seniority.

"Our human resources manager is going to the bargaining council first thing tomorrow morning [Wednesday] to hear if there are any developments. We are committed to speeding up the process," said Kutu.

He said the company decided to refer the matter to the bargaining council after its lawyers studied the reasons the Labour Court gave on its judgement on Friday, in favour of the drivers who demand a salary scale based on experience and seniority at the company.

Samwu, however, said its approximately 600 members were continuing with the strike on Wednesday, as the company had suspended negotiations.

"We are continuing with the action tomorrow [Wednesday]. We cannot have a system where a driver who is employed today gets the same salary as someone who has been with the company for 20 years," said Samwu shop steward Dion Makhura.

Metro bus strike to continue
Independent Online
April 28, 2009