Gautrain strikers to be dismissed

2012-02-06 07:55

Johannesburg - The Gautrain bus service remains suspended, and drivers who participated in an illegal strike will be served with dismissal notices, the Bombela Concession company said on Monday morning.

"The disciplinary process was completed on Friday night and those drivers that participated have already started receiving letters of dismissal," spokesperson Errol Braithwaite said.

"MegaExpress will put plans in place today [Monday] to reinstate the bus service as soon as possible."

On February 1, the drivers ignored an ultimatum that required them to return to work by 15:00. A court interdict was issued last month compelling drivers to return to work.

Braithwaite said the drivers launched their own court application to block disciplinary hearings, but this was dismissed by the Johannesburg Labour Court. Some of the drivers were fired.

The Gautrain bus drivers, who used to be members of the SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union, had left the union and were now acting independently.

Last month, drivers went on strike because they wanted MegaExpress, the Gautrain bus operating company, to provide them with transport from their homes to their place of work every day.

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  • Ben - 2012-02-06 08:04

    They know. They also know that they will be taken back to strike again.

      Sharon - 2012-02-06 08:39

      In a situation like this, everyone loses - Surely the workers must see that!

      MSGRule - 2012-02-06 09:07

      @Sharon - The worker is acting like sheep being led by the union hearder that does not know where he is going

      Makatikamusona - 2012-02-06 10:31

      @MSGRule I want to bring the following paragraph to your attention. "..The Gautrain bus drivers, who used to be members of the SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union, had left the union and were now acting independently.." So you got it wrong because as far as I understand the union did not support their strike simply because their demand were unreasonable.

      MSGRule - 2012-02-06 12:08

      @makatika- so they decided to strike all of them on their own without any direction.

      Makatikamusona - 2012-02-06 12:59

      MSGRule that is about as far as I know, and I think by so doing they dug their own grave. Well obviously they had some kind of leader or some form of organizing themselves. People must learn and remember that DRIVING IS NOT A SCARES SKILLS.

      Seja - 2012-02-06 13:22

      These Gautrain Bus Drivers are just getting out of hand!! they strike at every single opportunity they get over the most useless things!! I remember them striking and saying they would not work on weekends - well they got their way and now you cant use a Gautrain bus at the weekend. Now they want transport to and from work! they might get their way and be given transport! Then I bet they will strike again saying they want FREE transport to and from work! Then later on they will strike again and say they want a staff canteen at their place of work! which they might also get... then they will demand that the food be sold at production cost in the canteen! The best solution here would be to get rid of the greedy mlungu contracting companies that monopolise services to Gautrain and replace them with multiple contractors who will provide service to Gautrain and balance out the risks! *Be that as it may working at Gautrain is one of the worst jobs I can ever think of - you have spoilt mlungu kids swearing at Gautrain employees and grown ups swearing at Gautrain employees over their own stuff-ups! and Gautrain employees are not allowed to retaliate-you would swear you were back in the apartheid days!!*

  • reinhard.pettenburger - 2012-02-06 08:07

    Well DONE!!!!!!

  • Larry - 2012-02-06 08:09

    Whats the point, when they know that they will be rehired? They should be fired and not rehired.

      Donald - 2012-02-06 10:54

      Larry, you are right in the short term. What employers do however is to note the trouble makers and not re hire them, they also get a list of potential employees and replace those they don't wont. So the wheal turns!

  • Brent - 2012-02-06 08:10

    Work is a privelege not a right, Fire the damn WEWANTS, Theve just started working .WTF

      kgomotso.radise - 2012-02-06 08:37

      In SA employees & trade unions rights outweigh employer’s rights and its powers. That’s why some international investors say some labour laws & trade uUnion in SA must be loosen up.

      skootzie - 2012-02-06 12:09

      My company > my employee's. You disrupt my company, you can bugger off and the "unions" be damned.

  • christian.helberg - 2012-02-06 08:19

    Brilliant, they defied a court order, they should have been arrested too. It is a sad day for the justice system, when not even a court order is obeyed. This country is fast becoming lawless, while we at it, perhaps someone should inform the Gauteng Premier, exactly what a court order means as well, because she is clueless.

      steve.dupreez - 2012-02-06 10:04

      And now the households of these guys will be affected as well due to no income. What really gets me is that the strikers left the trade union and have been acting on their own.

  • Sandra - 2012-02-06 08:22

    Well fire them, and then get guys in that want to work. Gautrain passengers nee transport to and from the stations.

  • Herman - 2012-02-06 08:28

    Hope they don't start burning the busses

  • tmukasa - 2012-02-06 08:42

    Firing them was the only next alternative. Now some of them have no jobs. I wonder if they thought this through to the end. I hope this time round Bombela/Mega Bus employees people you actually know that it’s a privilege to have a job and not a right and that if you have any disputes about your job, you should always use the procedures in place to discuss you issues. Anyway… hopefully all this will be sorted soon

  • Nicholas - 2012-02-06 08:45

    My guess is they will all be reinstated again in a couple of weeks this space.

  • rooibok1 - 2012-02-06 08:52

    They want free transport from home to work place....WTF...Not!

  • Jonathan - 2012-02-06 09:00

    The Gautrain system is becomming more and more an embarrasment to South Africa. First world technology in a Third World country - it just doesn't add up. Fire them and keep them out. Emply Whites and it will be the end of the srikes and an impruvement in the services to the public.

  • Jayson - 2012-02-06 09:05

    don't bite the hand that feeds you

      Monique - 2012-02-06 13:10

      well said!

  • Chris - 2012-02-06 09:06

    My main concern : I would like to use the Gautrain to get to work once the toll system is implemented. But I will have to use the bus service to get to the station. In the current state of affairs, can I trust this service as this is my alternative to the toll fees ?

      Gerhard - 2012-02-06 09:50

      The simple answer is no, you can't and probably never will. These dimwits strike more than they work.

      ian.stevens - 2012-02-06 13:32

      there are alternatives to using the gautrain buses. I even tried to use a taxi and they're not that bad but first place would be the metro bus. They have more routes and are cheaper and faster.

  • Sharon - 2012-02-06 09:11

    Demand, demand, demand. I get so sick of it. There are millions without jobs, they should have been grateful for what they had

  • desertratbkf - 2012-02-06 09:11

    GOOD!!! WE WANT, WE WANT!!!! WE DEMAND!!!!! Get rid of the vermin!!!!!!!

  • MSGRule - 2012-02-06 09:12

    The worker is acting like sheep being led by the union hearder that does not know where he is going. By this pullingthe country into the ground

  • Jonathan - 2012-02-06 09:19

    So far no support for the strikers. It shows that Souht Africa is in general gatvol for these Unions, and the "wekkers" The labour laws in this country is in urgent need of transforming it back to a ballanced approach between worker and employer. This will increase investments and more jobs in this country. COSATU and the Government are too stupid too realise this.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-02-06 09:20

    Gautrain and Bombela were mistakes that will haunt the taxpayers pocket for years to come, the service is almost never even near half capacity and the prices effectively put it out of reach of the very people it was meant to serve.

      steve.dupreez - 2012-02-06 10:06

      And all this because old Sam Sholowa from NUM who was made Gauteng Premier wanted to leave a legacy. Thanks for nothing Sammy!! And then you screwed up COPE as well.

      Paulus - 2012-02-06 10:22

      During peak times the train from Centurion-Sandton/Rosebank is packed. A lot of commuters between these areas are using it. Rest of the day is much quieter, but that is expected, I suppose. The bus feeder system is definitely the biggest problem here. Smaller buses with more routes i think would have been better.

      ian.stevens - 2012-02-06 13:31

      I don't believe that the Guatrain is overpriced. I commute the length of the train route and it works out to be a 1:1 value when compared with petrol, but with the added benefit of not worrying about wear and tear and stress. They need to just expand a bit more.

  • Nikki Bodenstein - 2012-02-06 09:20

    What a bunch of idiots!

  • Lumko Ntshinka - 2012-02-06 09:22

    We are a nation of chronic complainers, olways demanding this and that like the world owes us sumthing.

  • Ruwaida - 2012-02-06 09:37

    Don't feel sorry for them one bit they had it coming a long while. While the unemployment rate in our country is so high and people seeking empoloyment who gives other people the right to demand? I say employ people who really wnat to work.

  • Gavin - 2012-02-06 09:42

    Losing your job isn't something to celebrate, but firing people who don't want want to work in the first place, is the right thing to do. In SA the 'workers' have adopted an attitude about how they will receive increases - they strike. What this means is that they don't have to work their asses off like you and I do. They do as little as possible each day, then demand an increase and a housing allowance, if they don't get what they want, they strike. This costs their employers a stack of money. They they negotiate for a few weeks, get what they want, and go back to work. The company they work for, has no choice but to hike their prices so that they can recover the money's lost during the negotiation period, and round and round we go...

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  • Hennie - 2012-02-06 09:48

    Yes Fire them!!!!Useless

  • eben.ferreira1 - 2012-02-06 09:55

    Hang them high

  • Alfred - 2012-02-06 09:57

    Maybe we should all go on strike and demand that our employers run us a hot bath every morning and make us dinner every night.

  • Jay - 2012-02-06 10:21

    give it to the Zimbabweans they would love to work!!! we have such a large portion of uneducated LAZY people in this country!! stop asking for free-bees and start working. old story everybody "wants jobs" but none of these useless idiots want to work!!! GO ANC fire your brothers!!! and employ Zimbabweans!!!

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-02-06 10:36

    When you apply for a position (job) surely you must realise that to do the work you need to firstly get to work if you cant do this don't apply for the position or be upfront and honest and say i would like to work but dont have the means to get to work so that your employer can then employ and make the necessary arrangements

  • MandrewZA - 2012-02-06 12:13 Report bad drivers!!!

  • Danie - 2012-02-06 12:38

    Serve them right- Time to apply the law !!!! THERE ARE MANY UNemployed that would Apreciate a job !!!!!!

  • Kelly - 2012-02-06 13:15

    A bit of humour in all the GAUTRAIN gemors - I hope Mr Braithwaite is being paid a decent salary - SCHUCKS - he does not have a lekka job - THE POOR man - whenever the "SHIFT" hits the fan - well - we know he has the explaining to do - HE HE!

  • ian.stevens - 2012-02-06 13:26

    I absolutely love this. I hate how workers in our country feel that striking for everything is the way to go. In fact in most parts of the world public services aren't allowed to strike at all. Let's hope the offenders stay fired and that they don't intimidate the next bunch of drivers. Workers should learn to work or get another job, simple.

  • jade.bulley - 2012-02-06 14:24

    Oh of course, lets play the race card when clearly this has NOTHING to do with it!!! you idiot

  • Paul - 2012-02-06 20:15

    There is only one thing I can say, GOOD RIDDANCE to the ALL the Gautrain bus drivers that recieved letters of dismissal, you deserved it you SLACKERS!!!!!

  • Mark - 2012-02-07 07:56

    Fire them!!!! End of story!!! Employ people who want and need a job and not looking for handouts/freebies but most importantly that realize that having a job today is a blessing. Employ people for their qualities and experience not because of their skin colour. At the rate at which these guys are striking, i wouldn't be surprised if they even went to an extent of striking for an alchohol allowance!

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