Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Agreement Made Then Altered in Johannesburg Bus Strike

The Johannesburg bus driver strike over pay scales continues, dragging into its second week. Depsite an preliminary agreement between the Metrobus representatives and the bus drivers union, Metrobus is trying to amend the deal to make it more affordable.

A bus driver strike in its second week will leave commuters stranded once again on Monday as parties continue to try and thrash out a wage agreement.

Metrobus spokesperson Kenney Kutu said the union accepted a proposal by the mediator last week but it still needed to be refined.

"Samwu [SA Municipal Workers' Union] leadership accepted the proposal, and we did not reject it. But we came up with another offer which we believe we can afford," said Kutu.

...This month's strike has been peaceful so far, but no Metrobuses are running because the company said it could not guarantee the safety of drivers standing in for the striking workers.

Joburg commuters stranded
Independent Online
May 11, 2009