Southern African Bus Operators Association executive manager Bazil Govender says they are working to get parties to the table. Members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) said the strike will go on.
That is IF bus operators do not give their members their requested 10% salary increase. The strike will leave commuters, who are planning to travel over the Easter weekend, stranded through the long holiday.
Bus contracts are allegedly underfunded
Govender stated that there had been bus contracts over the 12 years that have been underfunded. He shared that the accumulative impact of the said shortfall is around R3.65 billion. Govender added that the funding has decreased this financial year, reports 702fm.
“For the last twelve years, the existing bus contracts have been underfunded, the accumulative effect of that shortfall sits in the region of R3,65 billion. This financial year, the funding has actually decreased as opposed to being constant or increased.”
Bazil Govender, SA Bus Operators Association
Drivers plan to strike if demands are not met
National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola says bus drivers are demanding a 10% salary increase. Commuters who are planning to travel over the Easter weekend are in for a tough time.
Members of NUMSA are demanding a 10% salary increase across the board. Speaking on the radio, Hlubi-Majola stated that the strike will be across South Africa in the bus sector.
He shared that there are nine days left before the end of the cooling period after they issued the strike certificate. The certificate was issued in March, this means the strike will start two days before the Easter weekend.