Bus drivers and other staff employed by the MyCiti bus operating companies have embarked on a third day of an illegal strike at the Civic Center. Bus drivers also used their vehicles to barricade roads around the Civic Center and the CBD. Picture: Armand Hough/African News Agency (ANA)
Cape Town - Bus companies have issued a letter to protesting bus drivers saying that they will be interdicting them if they don’t report back to work.

Protesters on Wednesday morning blocked Hertzog Boulevard in Cape Town's CBD as the strike entered its third day. The strike is expected to continue tomorrow as talks between the City of Cape Town and the leaders of the striking drivers broke down again on Wednesday.

Striking bus drivers are believed to have roped in members of the EFF, but the bus companies and the City of Cape Town refused to have the political party present in the labour dispute, leading to the talks being deadlocked.

The MyCiTi bus service is running on limited operations because of the wildcat strike.

One the vehicle operating companies (VOCs)  issued a letter to striking employees warning them about possible legal action. Transpeninsula Investments' operations manager, Floris Hamman said:

"...the Company reserves their right for an urgent court interdict in order to bring an end to the illegal industrial action. Failure to comply with this last ultimatum can lead to your dismissal."

Mayoral committee member for Transport and Urban development Brett Herron  previously  said: "The bus drivers are represented by trade unions and their conditions of employment are the subject of a collective bargaining agreement. The annual national wage negotiations take place at the South African Road Passenger Bargaining Council (SARPBAC) National Bargaining Forum.

"A wage agreement was reached as recently as May this year, following a protracted four-week strike in April. I urge those who have embarked on this strike to use the structures and processes in place to address any grievances or concerns they may have regarding their employment.

"I again urge the VOCs and their employees to meet as soon as possible and to engage through the appropriate channels to resolve the impasse so that the MyCiTi service can resume operations," Herron said.


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