The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has called on the City of Tshwane to do away with companies contracted to the city’s bus rapid transport system, Areyeng.
Workers at companies, Tshwane Rapid Transit, Tshwane Affected Investment Operations and Xtremetec Management and Consulting have been on strike over the companies’ failures to grant them an increase in transport allowance.
The workers are demanding a R2500 transport allowance and a R60 an hour night shift allowance.
NUMSA members at Xtremetec, TRT and TAOI are marching in Pretoria to the City of Tshwane to demand its immediate intervention on the burning issue of transport allowance. We demand Transport allowance!!#XtremeticStrike#TshwaneMarch #ForTheLoveofTheWorkingClass pic.twitter.com/9kDApiNK7K
— NUMSA (@Numsa_Media) May 13, 2022
Bus services have been disrupted this week as a result.
The workers marched to Tshwane House on Friday where they handed over their memorandum of demands.
Numsa Regional Secretary Jerry Morulane says: “We don’t want Xtremetec, we don’t want TRT, we don’t want these contractors. We want you to take charge so that we can be able to see you when you exploit our members. Our members wake up at two in the morning to catch a transport so that they can be around here at 4 am.”
SABC News Reporter Ofentse Setimo provides more details on the strike action:
Meanwhile on Thursday, workers vowed to continued with their strike until their demands are met.
More details in the video below: