Bus drivers expected back at work on Tuesday

2011-03-18 08:59

Metrobus drivers were expected back at work next Tuesday following a five-week suspension of service and strike by SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) members.

Passengers in possession of tags would be allowed to board buses free of charge for the first two days – Tuesday and Wednesday – as an interim refund measure, Metrobus said in a statement.

The public transport company and Samwu reached an agreement yesterday after dissatisfied union members went on strike against a new shift system implemented last December, Metrobus spokesperson Esther Dreyer said.

In the negotiations, Samwu and Metrobus agreed that the new shifts would remain in place.

Drivers would have until Monday to select new shifts, based on their length of service.

In addition, a task team would be established to advise management on future shift system changes. 

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