Roadlink drivers stop work over pay

2013-04-05 00:00

SA ROADLINK bus passengers were stranded at the Durban terminal yesterday when the company’s drivers stopped work over alleged non-payment of wages.

Irate passengers called The Witness at around 9 am saying they should have left for Johannesburg early in the morning, but were still at the terminal.

“I have a ticket to Johannesburg and the bus was supposed to have left at six this morning,” said Sibusiso Chauke.

“There are at least four busloads of passengers here. Nothing is happening. The drivers are fighting, saying no bus will leave the terminal.”

A bus driver who wished to remain anonymous said he and his colleagues were fed up.

“This is happening every single month. We do not get paid on time.

“We are no longer willing to do that and no bus is travelling today until the matter is resolved … we will kill if any driver takes the wheel.”

Hlengiwe Vilakazi, marketing executive for SA Roadlink, said the issue was resolved and operations had started running normally again by 2 pm.

She said payment of the driver’s salaries was delayed because they had not submitted their timesheets on time, a week before month-end.

At about 5 pm, the anonymous source told The Witness that the drivers had gone back to work. “We have just started and there is only one coach operating.”

A Durban newspaper reported on Monday that a Roadlink bus was impounded at the Mariannhill toll plaza because it was not roadworthy. Drivers had refused to drive the bus because they deemed it unsafe.

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