All you need to know: Nationwide bus strike

Buscor buses

Bus drivers are embarking on a nationwide strike over wages today. Some bus terminals will not operate and commuters are likely to be affected.
For long distance commuters, Greyhound says buses from Nelspruit to Johannesburg will operate, however, it will not be possible to travel from Johannesburg to Nelspruit.

The Gold Arrow bus terminal was empty this morning.

Intercape says that the strike does not affect them and their buses are operating as normal.
Five trade unions, including Satawu and Numsa, have issued strike notices after they deadlocked over wage negotiations yesterday.
The unions are calling for a 12 percent wage increase over a one-year deal. They also want housing, night shift and long-distance journey allowances. But the employer is only offering 7.5 percent over a three-year period.
The trade unions have been negotiating with two associations representing 16 bus companies since the beginning of the year.

It was a busy morning in a taxi rank in Johannesburg. Scores of commuters flooded taxi ranks.

The City of Johannesburg’s Rea Vaya bus will not operate. The South African Road Passengers Bargaining Council received a certificate allowing the drivers to embark on a strike. However, the Metro bus will be operating.
Putco, MyCiti, Golden Arrow, Gautrain Bus, Greyhound, Mgqibelo, Mayibuye, Buscor, Golden Arrow, Megabus, Mega Express, Bojanala, Gauteng Coaches, Itereleng, Ipelegeng, Atamelang, Autopax, Great North Transport, ReaVaya, Phola Coaches, PAL Bus will be on a strike.

A long queue at the bus terminal, however, there was no sign any buses.

Jabulane Khumalo

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