Bus strike suspended

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Stephané Bothma

Tshwane bus commuters forced to find other transport because of a strike by drivers have been given the assurance that the illegal industrial action was over.

Although Tshwane Bus Service (TBS) employees were not participating in the industrial action, they had been intimidated to stop work by the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) A Re Yeng drivers and staff, Tshwane metro spokesman Lindela Mashigo said earlier.

“The TBS and A Re Yeng happen to share the same depot so while only BRT employees were on strike, they barred the city’s bus service from operating,” he said, adding that drivers and commuters had been threatened.

However, Tshwane mayoral spokesman Blessing Manale on Wednesday said that A Re Yeng buses resumed had full operations.

“The City and the drivers’ representatives have been meeting to look at ways to resolve the impasse. On Tuesday, the two parties met and agreed that bus operations will resume whilst negotiations on how to mitigate the dispute with employees continues,” Manale said.

The strike affected both the trunk and feeder routes, forcing commuters to seek alternative transportation.

The industrial action was a result of a recognition dispute between the bus drivers affiliated to the SA Transport and Allied worker Union (Satawu) and the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) who then embarked on an unprotected strike.

“The City of Tshwane apologises to commuters for the inconvenience caused by the strike and would like to thank them for their continued support and understanding. The City would also like to assure commuters that buses will continue to operate as per schedule,” Manale said.

Also read: 

Tshwane leaves A Re Yeng bus drivers in a lurch

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