Bus strike talks reach stalemate again

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The Labour Department-facilitated wage talks between unions and bus companies have deadlocked.

Thousands of commuters continue to be stranded as the nationwide bus strike has enters its eighth day.

Unions representing bus drivers, including the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) are demanding a 9.5%  salary increase for the first year, while employers are offering 8.5 %.

Numsa’s Themba Dyantyi says the bus strike will continue to hurt commuters, but they are doing what they have to do.

Dyantyi says, “This year we have taken a resolution that we are not going back, we want to resolve these issues. The salaries in this industry, and in fact all conditions, are still structured in a manner in which they were during the apartheid era, so we feel that in our democracy we must have a change.”