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Tough week ahead for commuters as bus strike continues

NEWSWATCH: The nationwide bus strike which commenced on Wednesday, 18 April 2018, has entered its sixth day.
Tough week ahead for commuters as bus strike continues
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Many commuters face another tough week and must once again look for alternative transport as unions intensify the bus strike. This is due to failed wage negotiations between unions and employers over the course of a two-day meeting with the Commission of Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

The City of Cape Town informed commuters that the MyCiTi service also remains suspended until further notice.

According to a report on News24, workers initially demanded a 12% increase and employers offered 7%. The workers have since rejected an offer of 8% for the first year, and 8.5% in the second year, instead proposing a 9.5% increase in the first year and 9% for the second.

Zanele Sabela, South African Transport Workers and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) spokesperson said": The bus strike is continuing, we are intensifying the action."

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