Rea Vaya bus strike ends

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IOL pic mar31 rea vaya bus station INLSA A Rea Vaya bus is seen at the Orlando bus stop in Soweto, Johannesburg. File photo: Leon Nicholas

Johannesburg - The Rea Vaya bus drivers' strike in Johannesburg is over, the SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) said on Wednesday.

“We have signed the agreement, workers will be back at work tomorrow,” Samwu regional chairman Dion Makhura said.

Bus drivers embarked on a strike on Monday, leaving commuters around Johannesburg stranded.

The drivers demanded labour brokers be banned, the code of conduct be reviewed, senior staff members choose their shifts, and the union to be introduced during the induction of new workers.

All but one of the demands were agreed to, Makhura said.

The demand that senior staff members choose their shifts would no longer be pursued.

Piotrans and Litsamaiso manage the operations of Rea Vaya's buses.

Piotrans spokesman Dumisani Mntambo confirmed that an agreement had been reached.

On Tuesday, Mntambo said Piotrans was seeking an urgent interdict against the drivers to have the strike declared illegal.

He said the strike was regarded as illegal due to the nature of the workers' demands.

On Thursday, he said the matter was settled out of court.

City of Johannesburg director of communications Benny Makgoga confirmed that an agreement was reached in judge's chambers.

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