'The bus strike was the last resort' - Satawu

'The bus strike was the last resort' - Satawu

'The bus strike was the last resort' - Satawu

The DA calls on the employers in the bus industry and transport industry unions to reach a speedy resolution to end the transport strike, which is entering its sixth day.

"We are calling on all non-unionised members to join in the strike because at the end of the day, this agreement will benefit them too", South African Transport Allied Workers Union (Satawu) spokesperson Zanele Sabela said.

According to the unions, the employers agreed to the CCMA mediators' proposal of an 8% increase in the first year and 8.5% in the second year on condition that the unions drop all the other core demands, which include the dual driver payment, insourcing, and the payment of night shift hours.

Commuters took to social media on Monday to vent their frustration.

Workers initially demanded a 12% increase and employers offered 7%.

Thousands of commuters have been left stranded or have had to find alternative transport to work.

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No dates for future negotiations have been communicated.

Unions have vowed to intensify their crippling national bus strike, saying their employers are negotiating "in bad faith".

In a statement issued by Numsa General Secretary Irvin Jim, the union said that the sector "insulted workers and commuters" by refusing to engage meaningfully during the conciliation, causing talks to break down.

"We only started striking three months after negotiations started".

In many cases, commuters who rely on the bus service have had to fork out extra money, which they can ill afford. "We have not heard anything about future meetings, but we remain open to it", Sabela said. "The policy is no work, no pay, so we are anxious about them", Dyke-Beyer said.

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