Metrobus drivers were expected back at work accompanied by police inside and behind the buses after several reports of threats and intimidating calls were made to workers. Picture: Karen Sandison/African News Agency (ANA)
Metrobus drivers were expected back at work accompanied by police inside and behind the buses after several reports of threats and intimidating calls were made to workers. Picture: Karen Sandison/African News Agency (ANA)

Cops to escort Metrobus drivers amid threats from striking workers

By Itumeleng Mafisa Time of article published May 6, 2021

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Johannesburg - Metrobus workers were expected back at work on Thursday after remaining at the depots on Wednesday and did not work following reports of intimidation on non-striking working drivers by those on strike.

Metrobus officials were locked in a meeting with police on Wednesday trying to come up with a safety plan that would ensure drivers are safe.

A spokesperson for Metrobus, Goodwill Shiburi said the buses would get back on the road today accompanied by police inside and behind the buses.

Metrobus had received several reports of threats and intimidating calls to workers.

“The drivers are at the depot as early as 5am but they are getting calls that are intimidating and want assurance of safety,” said Shiburi.

The Metrobus strike was started on Monday by rival union Democratic Municipal and Allied Workers Union of SA (Demawusa). Out of around 1000 workers at Metrobus, the union has around 100 members.

SA Municipal Workers Union provincial secretary, Bafana Zungu, said Metrobus had the responsibility to protect its members. Samwu has around 700 members employed.

Zungu said Samwu would be asking for a R4000 salary increase, and a R3 000 salary allowance, and the municipality to pay for 80% medical aid contribution.

Meanwhile, Demawusa was asking for an increase of 18% increase among a list of 28 demands.

The Star

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