Rea Vaya bus drivers back at work

2010-06-15 08:21

Rea Vaya bus drivers will go back to work today following their

“illegal” strike that left hundreds of soccer fans stranded at Soccer City,

Johannesburg yesterday, the company said.

“After a lengthy agreement was reached which will see

a return to work of drivers of both the ordinary commuter service and the 2010

event services this morning,” said Clidet chief executive officer Jackie Huntley

in a statement.

Clidet is the company which manages Rea Vaya.

Huntley said the meeting was between the company management and SA

Municipal Workers Union – representing bus drivers.

“Issues that led to the workers embarking on an illegal work

stoppage related to the view of the worker’s representatives that there had been

a unilateral change in their conditions of employment and how shifts and

overtime would be calculated during the World Cup.”

Huntley said an agreement was reached on how shifts, overtime and

allowances would be paid during the World Cup period.

About 500 to 800 spectators (for the Denmark versus Netherlands

match) were requested to use Metrorail free of charge back from the stadium to

Westgate Transport Hub, after which the City of Joburg arranged for 10

Metrobuses to take them to their original destination.

“I apologise to commuters and spectators for any confusion and

inconvenience that was caused yesterday (Monday),” Huntley said.

“We are hoping that the rest of the Soccer World Cup period will

run smoothly and that we are able to transport thousands of fans to Ellis Park

and Soccer City to watch their teams in action”.


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