It’s settled; the bus strike is over.
The issue dragging things out was the unions’ insistence that the agreed-upon 9% salary hike be backdated to 1 April.
On Monday, unions agreed to back-pay, on the basic wage, from 17 April.
Services should resume on Tuesday.
Listen to the interviews in the audio below (and/or scroll down for quotes from it).
It’s one of the longest national strikes we’ve had in many years…— Gavin Brown
I don’t think so [when asked if it was a successful strike]… The gains are minimal.— Gavin Brown
No work no pay is a golden rule.— Gavin Brown
The reason for this [duration of the strike] is the centralised bargaining structure… Speed of negotiations is the first casualty…— Gavin Brown
Irreparable damage has been done to the industry. Very few companies will be left standing… accumulated massive losses… I’m making arrangements with creditors…— Tumisang Kgaboesele, APM Africa People Mover
…There are those [commuters] who insist on getting their cash back, so that’s what we are doing…— Tumisang Kgaboesele, APM Africa People Mover
We are in deep trouble.— Tumisang Kgaboesele, APM Africa People Mover
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