Rea Vaya bus strike over

2014-04-04 08:21

The Rea Vaya bus drivers’ strike in Joburg is over, the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) has said.

“We have signed the agreement and workers will be back at work tomorrow,” Samwu regional chairperson Dion Makhura said yesterday.

Bus drivers embarked on a strike on Monday, leaving commuters around Joburg stranded.

The drivers demanded that labour brokers be banned, the code of conduct be reviewed, senior staff members choose their shifts, and the union to be introduced during the induction of new workers.

All but one of the demands were agreed to, Makhura said.

The demand that senior staff members choose their shifts would no longer be pursued.

Piotrans and Litsamaiso manage the operations of Rea Vaya’s buses.

Piotrans spokesperson Dumisani Mntambo confirmed that an agreement had been reached.

On Tuesday, Mntambo said Piotrans was seeking an urgent interdict against the drivers to have the strike declared illegal.

He said the strike was regarded as illegal due to the nature of the workers’ demands.

He said yesterday the matter was settled out of court.

City of Johannesburg spokesperson Benny Makgoga confirmed that an agreement was reached.

“An agreement was reached between the bus operating company, Piotrans, and Samwu in the judge’s chambers today.”

Buses resumed their services today.

“The City apologises to passengers for the inconvenience caused by the strike,” said Makgoga.

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