ALERT: Travellers warned to make alternative arrangements as nation-wide bus strike looms

2017-04-11 09:52 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town - If you're planning to use public bus services across SA on Wednesday 12 April, make alternative arrangements. 

Golden Arrow has issued a statement warning of a nation-wide bus strike, which will see all services suspended as from Wednesday morning, 12 April 2017, until further notice.

Golden Arrow posted to its Facebook page, saying "It is with sincere regret that Golden Arrow must alert our passengers to nationwide strike action which will affect the entire South African bus industry.

"Unfortunately, as a result of dead-locked wage negotiations, the unions’ party to the South African Road Passengers Bargaining Council (SARPBAC) have given notice of their intention to embark upon strike action on 12 April 2017."

The City of Cape Town also warned, "No MyCiTi buses will be operating and commuters are requested in advance to please make alternative arrangements.”

Joburg's Rea Vaya services would also be affected. This would mean the services to and from the airport would be affected and travellers are being advised to make alternative arrangements. 

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The strike is expected to have a serious knock-on effect on all public transport and road-based traffic  - the MyCiti service alone sees nearly 71 000 commuters on any given weekday alone. 

"The lock-out is necessary to ensure the safety of our passengers and personnel, as well as to protect our assets. Unfortunately, the lock-out affects all employees of the VOCs who are members of the bargaining units, even the workers who may not be union members. Thus, no MyCiTi buses will be allowed to operate,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.

Private businesses have been asked to manage their employees’ working hours during this time and carpooling has also been suggested.   

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