Metrobus strike enters its fourth week

2011-03-07 07:28

The strike by Metrobus drivers had entered its fourth week as

unions and the employer prepared to meet in the afternoon, an official said

today.

“We are meeting at 4pm today,” said SA Municipal Workers’ Union

(Samwu) spokesman Dumisani Langa.


“The strike is continuing.”


Langa said on Friday that the parties involved in talks to settle

the labour action were “very close to settling this thing”.


He said the facilitator of the talks would only be available late

afternoon for the talks to continue.


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 three weeks ago because

of incidents of intimidation, with five non-striking drivers assaulted the week

before.


Negotiations with Samwu 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 February 22, Metrobus appealed the ruling, which was

unsuccessful.


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