Bus drivers march in Joburg

2013-05-10 11:28
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Joburg bus drivers strike

Striking bus drivers gathered to march through the streets of Joburg, demanding a wage increase. See all the pictures.

Johannesburg - Bus drivers gathered in the Johannesburg CBD on Friday morning to march for higher wages, the SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union [Satawu] said.

The union said it expected drivers from various parts of the province to march down Simmonds Street to the offices of the MEC for roads and public transport to hand over a memorandum of demands.

The group would then proceed to the SA Road Passenger Bargaining Council offices in Fox Street.

The union is demanding a 13% wage increase - down from 18% - and allowances for housing, night-shift, and long-distance journeys.

On Thursday, unions and employers were confident that an agreement was near.

"I am optimistic that there will be a solution at least by tomorrow [Friday]," said Satawu general secretary Zenzo Mahlangu.

Johannesburg metro police advised motorists to avoid the affected areas.

The union expected the group to disperse by 14:00.

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