The Democratised Transport Logistics and Allied Workers’ Union (DETAWU) has called on luxury coach operator, Greyhound, to re-employ workers who lost their jobs last year.
The bus service, previously owned by Unitrans Passenger, was sold, partly due to the negative financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, under new owners, Greyhound has announced that it will return to South Africa’s roads next week.
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DETAWU’s General Secretary Vusi Ntshangase says, “At the time of the hasty winding down of Greyhound, more than 700 workers were dismissed or lost their employment. We remain concerned about the manner in which Greyhound is resurfacing.”
“They have come with absolutely no program in place to absorb the more than 700 workers who were dismissed at the time of closure. As unions, we are still challenging it in court. The matter is still in the Labour Court. We have gone public that we are going to fight this dismissal of more than 700 workers by Greyhound,” adds Ntshangase.
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The bus operator Greyhound, now owned by a private trust, says it’s looking to employ 200 people, as it relaunches with a few routes.
The company says some traditional and some new routes will be introduced over time.