BRT bus drivers go on strike

2010-05-31 09:08

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system buses were not running in

Johannesburg today due to a strike by drivers.

“They want to be employed permanently... they are currently on

contract,” City of Johannesburg head of transport Lisa Seftel said in a


“The company has agreed that they (drivers) can be permanently

employed from July 1, but they want it immediately,” she said.

Seftel said the strike was illegal.

“There are procedures to be followed and in their case, they

haven’t followed proper procedure.”

Stranded commuters were informed to use alternative transport upon

arrival at BRT bus stations this morning and no tickets for the buses were being


“Rea Vaya apologises to passengers and will do all it can to get

the service running as soon as possible,” said Seftel.

Today’s protest by workers follows another one earlier this month

when the drivers called for union recognition. The drivers wanted the city to

recognise their union, the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu).

The workers also wanted to be part of the local government sector,

Samwu spokesperson Tahir Sema said at the time.


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