Bus drivers still on strike

2011-02-10 07:03

Johannesburg Metrobus drivers were still on strike this morning in protest against their new shift schedule, the bus company said.

“We will be meeting with the union today to try and resolve the problem,” Metrobus managing director Herman van Laar said.

Only a “small portion” of drivers were on strike – about 70 out the 500 employed.

They were affiliated to the SA Municipal Workers’ Union and unhappy about the new driver shifts implemented from December 6.

However, van Laar acknowledged many routes across the city were affected.

The bus company had changed the shift system to “improve their services and meet market demand”.

Drivers took their feet off the gas yesterday afternoon, leaving thousands of commuters stranded.

“Metrobus wishes to extend its sincere apology to the thousands of stranded commuters and assure them that the company is doing all in its power to resolve the situation,” spokesperson Esther Dreyer said.

“Our new shift system adheres to the law. In fact it is in line with bus driver shifts for the bus transportation industry as a whole.”

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