Metrobus commuters will likely be left behind as drivers go on strike today

Commuters using the Johannesburg bus service may have to find alternative transportation following the announcement by the Democratic Union of Municipal and Allied Workers of South Africa (Demawusa) of an indefinite strike.

FILE: The service covers more than 300 regular routes including 128 school routes. Image: @ JoburgMetrobus / Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG – All systems are working for the strike by Metrobus workers on Monday.

Commuters using the Johannesburg bus service may have to find alternative transportation following the announcement by the Democratic Union of Municipal and Allied Workers of South Africa (Demawusa) of an indefinite strike.

It is understood that the two parties failed to resolve a list of demands presented by the union to the bargaining board.

The service covers more than 300 regular routes including 128 school routes.

Pay disparities, corruption and unfair dismissals are just a few of the problems highlighted by disgruntled Metrobus workers.

Demawusa said its members will not show up for work until their demands are met.

Deputy Secretary General Dion Makhura said they would not budge on their demands: “The strike will go on indefinitely; this means until Metrobus accepts our requests, [we will continue to strike]. It is an unfortunate situation that ultimately commuters will suffer the consequences. It’s out of our control. “

More than 30,000 commuters use the transportation service daily.

NO SIGNIFICANT INTERRUPTIONS, SAYS METROBUS

In the meantime, Metrobus has assured commuters of its intention to do everything in its power to limit the impact of the strike.

Demawusa-affiliated Metrobus employees insist their strike is having an impact as the employer believes there has been no significant disruption so far.

Spokesman Goodwill Shiburi said: “We have a challenge in Gandhi Square, I can confirm it, but we don’t have any queues. The buses are running and we redirect the buses to and from the plaza to make sure we are going to transport the people waiting for the buses. “

But Makhura disagrees: “These are very few buses and one of the big depots doesn’t even work.”

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