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The strike by Metrobus drivers entered its sixth week today, with the company and the drivers locked in negotiations to find a resolution.
TALKS between management and striking Metrobus drivers are continuing today in an attempt to end the dispute that has brought misery to hundreds of passengers around the city.

Metrobus spokesperson, Ester Dreyer, said negotiations were still taking place and the company hoped to reach a solution soon to end the industrial action, which enters its sixth week today.

Drivers belonging to the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) went on strike on 9 February. “We hope that both sides can resolve their differences quickly,” said Dreyer.

The two groups are involved in a row over the new shift schedule that was implemented by the company in December. The drivers’ new schedules were restructured to allow an eight-hour shift instead of the six- to seven-hour shifts operated previously.

Public bus services came to a grinding halt six weeks ago. The strike has been marred by violence, with some striking drivers assaulting five non-striking workers.

Talks with the union to resolve the crisis faltered last month, forcing the company to make an application to the Labour Court on 17 February. However, the court ruled that the strike was legal. Metrobus made an appeal against the ruling on 22 February, but was not successful.

 

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