Strike leaves Free State commuters stranded

2012-10-05 14:23
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Bloemfontein - Thousands of commuters in the greater Bloemfontein area were left stranded on Friday when drivers of the city's biggest transport service embarked on a strike.

Interstate Bus Lines spokesperson Thando Lepele said employers should consider releasing workers early as they would not be able to provide transportation on Friday afternoon.

IBL transports an estimated 20 000 passengers daily between Thaba Nchu, Botshabelo, and Bloemfontein.

"We apologise for the inconvenience. However, we would keep our passengers and commuters informed or give them progress later today (Friday)."

She said progress on the status of IBL’s services would be made through the public address system at the Central Park transport centre, and in the media.

"We appeal for co-operation from our commuters and highly appreciate their understanding during this unpredictable period," said Lepele.

A strike by drivers, mainly from the SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union, is in its second week. It has been marred by violence and intimidation countrywide.

The drivers want a 12% salary increase, while employers have offered 8.5% for next year and another 0.5% the following year.

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