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Metrobus drivers are back at work after ending their strike. Commuters with tags can get their expired trips revalidated for one month.
LIFE is back to normal on the city’s roads after Metrobus drivers returned to work today after a five-week long strike.

The strike brought misery to thousands of passengers, who had to spend more money on alternative transport.

Their decision to return to work came after the striking drivers reached an agreement with Metrobus on Thursday, 17 March to continue with the shift schedule.

They were given until 21 March to select their shift in terms of length of service.

Metrobus’s spokesperson, Esther Dreyer, said passengers who had tags could travel free of charge for two days – on 22 and 23 March. “If the trips on your tags have expired, please visit your nearest Computicket outlet to have your trips revalidated.”

She said these passengers would be allowed to revalidate their trips for one month only. Eldorado Park contract passengers could use the outlet in Shoprite, Eldorado Park.

“Once again, we apologise most sincerely to our passengers for the inconvenience caused by the strike and the suspension of services,” said Dreyer.

Metrobus took a decision to suspend all bus services in the interest of passenger safety following acts of violence and intimidation against some drivers, she added.

Drivers affiliated to the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) downed tools on 9 February in protest against the changes made to their shift schedule, which were implemented in December. The shifts were restructured to allow for an eight-hour working shift instead of the six or seven hours operated previously.

After stormy negotiations, Samwu and Metrobus agreed to establish a task team to advise management on the new shift system.

For further details, contact the Joburg call centre on 011 375 5555, option six, or Metrobus head office on 011 403 4300.

 

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