Rea Vaya buses not on the road

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Rea vaya.jpg Leon Nicholas A Rea Vaya bus pulling out at its Orlando bus stop in Soweto, Joburg. Over the next couple of years, the work of the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport will focus on a number of high-impact transport projects, including the roll-out of the bus rapid transit systems in Joburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni. Photo: Leon Nicholas.

Johannesburg - Rea Vaya buses were not operating on the roads because of the bus drivers' strike, companies which manage the operations of Rea Vaya buses said on Monday.

“We are still waiting for the union to come back to us, they are meeting their attorneys to review an agreement that was reached last night,” Piotrans spokesman Dumisani Mntambo said.

Bus drivers worked on Monday from 5am but returned the buses at 8:30am, Mntambo said.

Litsamaiso spokesman Babu Maharaj said the company was negotiating with the union.

“We are hoping that some of the issues will be resolved by today,” Maharaj said.

“We believe that the strike is illegal, the issues they are striking for are not issues one would strike for,” he said.

Bus drivers wanted labour brokers to be banned, the code of conduct to be reviewed, senior staff members wanted to be able to choose their shifts and they wanted the union to be introduced during the induction, Maharaj said.

He said the issues raised by the union were not serious enough for a strike.

SA Municipal Workers' Union regional chairman Dion Makhura confirmed that the strike was still on.

He could not comment further as he was going into a meeting. - Sapa

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