Striking bus workers to march in Joburg

2013-05-07 09:01

Johannesburg - Thousands of striking bus drivers are expected to march through the streets of Johannesburg on Tuesday morning to demand a wage increase.

"Our members will come in droves to make employers aware that we mean business. We are not backing down from the double digit wage increase," said SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu) spokesperson Vincent Masoga.

Bus drivers are on strike countrywide. The strike, which has entered its third week, has affected commuters.

Unions are demanding a 13% wage increase - down from 18% - and allowances for housing, nightshift, and long-distance journeys.

Talks between the unions and employers at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation, and Arbitration (CCMA) are expected to resume this week.


Masoga said the bus drivers would march to the transport and road freight bargaining council in Braamfontein to hand over a memorandum of their demands.

They would then proceed to the city centre and hand over another memorandum at the offices of the private security sector provident fund.

"The fund has been exploiting workers for years.... Workers contribute to the fund, but get almost nothing from the fund which is supposed to look after their interests," said Masoga.

Johannesburg metro police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said the marchers would gather at Pieter Roos Park in Parktown at 10:00, and would disperse at Park Station at 14:00.

The SA Police Service and members of the metro police would direct and monitor the march, said Minnaar.


  • Fezile Russ - 2013-05-07 09:45


  • Phillip J Fry - 2013-05-07 10:13

    "12% or fire flame" ??? Fire flame please. It's cold and throw in some edumucasion.

  • Muffin_man_can - 2013-05-07 10:55

    12% is a ridiculous demand considering the state of the economy currently. You can wright it on your foreheads idiots

  • Alan Gernet - 2013-05-07 11:08

    They are only marching coz there are no buses to catch.....

  • Winifred Watson - 2013-05-07 14:15

    Kelebogile Yolanda Tibana, these drivers strike every year, its not a once off. They get increases but they are never satisfied, and why, because the Union tells them otherwise. Then if they dont get what they want they turn to violence. This is not the way to go. How will they ever get what they want if they keep destroying their livelyhoods, busses cost a lot of money to replace, where do they believe the money comes from to replace those vehicles. The Company has to take a loan to buy more, that eats into their profit. When will people wake up to the fact that this striking each and every year is like spoilt children stamping their on their toys because they want an ice cream instead of a lolly. South Africans must grow up, you cant always get want you want. Workes see themselves as the best, and they deserve this and that, yet how does the employer see them for real....lazy, late for work, cheeky, staying off work a lot, taking time off. We always see ourselves as deserving, yet when we are supposed to be proving ourselves, many of us dont see the what other people see. A good hard honest and loyal workers will never go unrewarded in their job. Whereas a lazy so and so always thinks they are badly done by and overworked, why, because they cant do a full days work. Hard working people dont have to strike, lazy ones do.

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