Bus strike intensifies as talks break down

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Bus drivers have vowed to intensify their nationwide strike after talks with employers broke down. They are meeting today to finalise details of the planned mass action and protests to be held across the country.

The workers are demanding a 9.5% wage increase this year and 9% next year. Bus companies have now reverted to their previous offer of 8%.

Numsa’s Phakamile Hlubi-Majola says, “The five trade unions in the bus sector have decided to embark on mass action to intensify the strike in the bus sector we are calling on community and all progressive organisations to join us in mass action against the bus companies, this is because employers in the bus sector have declared war on commuters.

“They did not attend the mediation with the goal of resolving the strike. They wasted our time. The only offer they were wiling to engage in is the last mediators offer which was presented to us in the last round of mediation,” Hlubi-Majola says.

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