Metrobus, drivers meet on strike

2011-02-28 11:49

Johannesburg Metrobus drivers and management resumed negotiations today in an effort to end a three-week strike.

Metrobus spokesperson Esther Dreyer said the drivers had indicated that they wanted to speak to management.

“It’s a no work, no pay situation... the drivers were not paid at the end of February. They are not very happy and have now indicated that they would like to speak to management.”

Dreyer said the meeting between management and the SA Municipal Workers Union’ began this morning.

The strike, involving 70 Metrobus drivers, started on February 9 amid dissatisfaction about new shifts implemented on December 6.

Metrobus suspended the public bus service two weeks ago because of incidents of intimidation, with five non-striking drivers assaulted the week before.

Negotiations with the union thereafter deadlocked. The company then went to the Labour Court for a ruling to end the strike. However, the Labour Court ruled that the strike was legal.

On Tuesday last week, Metrobus appealed the ruling. Dreyer said the appeal was unsuccessful.

No buses were running today.

She said an update on the talks would be available this afternoon or tomorrow morning.

The union could not be reached for comment. A receptionist at the office in Johannesburg said the branch secretary Dumisani Langa as well as everyone else involved in the “Metrobus issue” were in a meeting.

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