The Metrobus strike looks set to continue as the labour court decides the work stoppage is legal.
THE Johannesburg Labour Court on Friday, 18 February, ruled that the ongoing strike by Metrobus drivers legal.
Metrobus lodged a court application on Thursday in an attempt to end the work stoppage.
Some drivers belonging to the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) have been on strike since 9 February in protest against the introduction in December of new shift schedule changing work periods from six or seven hours to eight hours.
Negotiations between Metrobus and the drivers reached a deadlock on Tuesday.
“We apologise [to our passengers] for the inconvenience caused and hope the situation gets resolved quickly,” said Metrobus spokesperson, Esther Dreyer.
Dreyer added that the company was disappointed with the outcome of the court application, but added that Metrobus was still open to negotiations.
The company was also considering other legal options, including an appeal against the court’s decision.
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