Metrobus optimistic about meeting

2011-03-16 08:49

Metrobus was confident of resolving their dispute with the SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) today, the bus company said.

“The meeting today is a good sign,” said spokesperson Esther Dreyer.

Samwu expressed similar sentiments, with its spokesperson Dumisani Langa saying: If it was up to us, the strike would end with the meeting today.”

The meeting, scheduled for 10am, could represent a breakthrough after talks between the two parties deadlocked last Monday.

Metrobus suspended its service five weeks ago when the strike started, even though only 70 drivers out of 500 were refusing to work.

This was due to fear of intimidation against those not participating in the strike, the compnay said.

Union member Petros Msiza (43) died during clashes between striking bus and refuse workers, police and metro police at the city’s Church Street depot on March 3.

Langa said Samwu would do its “level best” to reach an agreement in the meeting because of the inconvenience placed on commuters by the strike.

“The commuters have been coming to us as if it is us that is at fault, that’s why we would like to resolve this issue,” he said.

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