Strike hits bus operators

2011-07-18 11:01

The strike affecting fuel supplies is having a “serious impact” on bus operators, the SA Bus Operators Association (Saboa) said today.

“Delays and infrequent deliveries of fuel by suppliers to bus operators are being experienced,” spokesperson Eric Cornelius said in a statement.

Gauteng had been particularly affected.

The fuel reserves of many bus operators were low due to the strike and, if it were to continue, services could be suspended, affecting school pupils and those who relied on bus transport.

“If these bus services are suspended, it could have a major impact on the economy as many businesses could decide to close down for the duration of the strike,” Cornelius said.

Schools could also lose study time, affecting pupils preparing for the year-end exams.

Saboa was in constant contact with fuel suppliers to keep their services “as normal as possible during the strike”.

“Saboa also wishes to appeal to users to be patient if services are disrupted ... as operators are doing their utmost to continue operating under extremely difficult conditions,” Cornelius said.

About 70 000 workers affiliated to the Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood, and Allied Workers’ Union, the Allied Workers’ Union, and the General Industries Workers’ Union of SA downed tools last Monday, demanding a minimum salary of R6 000 a month and a 40-hour working week.

Solidarity joined the strike today, with the intention of adding a sense of urgency to negotiations.

A meeting was set for 10am today in Joburg for unions and employers to negotiate a possible end to the strike.

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