Employers urged to be flexible ahead of nationwide bus strike

The City of Cape Town has urged employers and businesses to consider flexible working arrangements ahead of the planned bus strike.

Bus drivers countrywide are to down their keys from Wednesday, forcing public transport commuters to make alternative plans.

Read: Strike: Wage row to shut down bus services on Wednesday

Unions have given notice of the industrial action after wage talks deadlocked.

The strike will affect short and long-distance bus services, including MyCiti and Golden Arrow.

Also read: Satawu: Bus commuters could be stranded if employers don't come to the party

The City's Brett Herron says the bus strike, combined with Metrorail's skeleton service, leaves passengers with very little public transport options.

Herron explains that 72 000 daily MyCiti passengers' trips and 200 000 Golden Arrow passengers' trips will be affected by the strike action.

He says employers should consider remote working conditions and flexible working hours to accommodate commuters.

It's not good news for commuters and it's not good news for our city.

Brett Herron, MayCo member for Transport

That will result in a massive impact on the road network.

Brett Herron, MayCo member for Transport

Usually we would ask Metrorail to assist by increasing their capacity, but they are currently operating at less than 30% of the capacity that they require for their own demand.

Brett Herron, MayCo member for Transport

Meanwhile, the South African Road Passenger Bargaining Council (SARPBAC) says the demands from unions are in response to the current state of the economy.

The council's Gary Wilson says it is hard to say how soon the deadlock will be resolved.

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