SOUTH AFRICAN COMMUTERS BREATHE SIGH OF RELIEF AS NATIONWIDE BUS STRIKE ENDS

JOHANNESBURG– Commuters in South Africa are breathing a huge sigh of relief with bus services to resume on Tuesday after the unions finally reach an agreement with employers, ending a four-week-long strike which left thousands of commuters inconvenienced and which forced many to make alternative arrangements.

The National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) said Monday that despite the nationwide bus strike ending, there was “still a long way to go” as there are issues affecting workers which need to be addressed. These include night-shift allowances and dual bus drivers among others.

Numsa General Secretary Irvin Jim said that if the government had intervened in the bus strike, an agreement could have been reached earlier.

We think if they (employers) are not willing to come to the party, the Department of Labour should enforce and push them to pay night shift allowance because it is granted, that is what the basic contract of employment says, if workers are working night shifts they must be paid allowances for night shift,” he said.

“Secondly on the dual driver issue, we think this is just a mere provocation because many of these companies are paying workers. There are one two or three companies that are not willing to pay drivers when we are driving from here to Cape Town until they put foot on the paddle. We hope to find one another on those issues.

The City of Cape Town says the metro’s MyCiti bus service will resume operations on Tuesday. The city, however, warned commuters to still expect some initial delays as it will take several hours for the service to settle in. Normal time schedules are expected to be back to normal on the majority of the routes in the latter part of the day.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK