Bus strike strands 35 000 Jhb commuters

2012-10-15 13:25

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Johannesburg - Some 35 000 Johannesburg commuters were stranded on Monday after striking drivers of leading bus company, Rea Vaya, parked their fleet in South Africa's economic hub, employers said.

The strike by 240 drivers was staged after talks over wages and shifts between the employer, the Johannesburg municipality and the workers collapsed on Friday.

"Our bus drivers are on strike. They gave us a 48-hour notice to embark on a strike - after negotiations failed," general manager Dumisani said.

Known as Rea Vaya bus, the company normally serves the city's high density townships to the main industrial and commercial areas of South Africa's largest city.

Mntambo said the company is going to court to try stop the strike and "try find some common ground".

A strike by Lonmin platinum mine workers in August snowballed into copycat strikes at other mines before spreading to other sectors.
Thousands of delivery truck drivers ended a three-week strike on Friday after securing a three-year wage deal.

Elsewhere, thousands of mine workers are still on strike, including at the world's largest platinum mine complex run by Anglo American and the operations of one of the leading gold producers Gold Fields.

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