SABC News - Bus drivers to march in Joburg:Tuesday 7 May 2013

Bus drivers to march in Joburg

Tuesday 7 May 2013 05:23


Bus drivers are demanding for a 13% wage increase down from 18%.

Bus drivers are demanding for a 13% wage increase down from 18%. (SABC)

Traffic will be interrupted in the Johannesburg CBD and surrounding areas today when striking bus drivers march.  Members of trade union, Satawu, are expected to gather at Pieter Roos Park in Parktown at 10am this morning, before making their way to the offices of the National Bargaining Council in the city centre.

Yesterday the unions said they would stick to their wage demand for the bus drivers. They are demanding a 13% wage increase, down from the original 18%, and allowances for housing, night shifts and long distance journeys.

Bus commuters continue to feel the pinch of the crippling strike as drivers down tools for the third week. Commuters are again forced to find alternative transport. School children have also been affected.

Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town's MyCiti bus service will remain suspended ahead of two major concerts at the Cape Town Stadium this week. Rock group Bon Jovi will perform tonight while pop sensation, Justin Bieber, performs at the same venue tomorrow. The City has advised music enthusiasts to seek alternative transport to both events due to the on-going bus strike.

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