Intercape not affected by bus strike

2013-04-24 08:42
Intercape bus (Intercape)

Intercape bus (Intercape)

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Johannesburg - The nationwide bus industry strike has not affected Intercape operations, the company said on Wednesday.

"All Intercape's intercity routes are fully operational, without any disruption to the scheduled departures," the company said.

Its coach charter service was also operating as usual.

The SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu) announced the strike last week.

Members are demanding an 18% wage increase, and allowances for housing, night-shift, and long-distance journeys.

Employers have offered a 6.5% wage increase.

Commuter Bus Employers' Organisation spokesperson Barry Gie said employers and unions would meet at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation, and Arbitration on Wednesday in an attempt to break the deadlock.

On Tuesday, he said the industry faced a number of pressures, including reduced productivity and escalating fuel costs.

These factors would make it difficult to increase the present offer.

Satawu spokesperson Vincent Masoga said on Tuesday that workers needed a substantial increase to offset rising food and housing costs.

"Members don't have a problem to negotiate, but they cannot take anything less than a double-digit [increase]," he said.

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