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Joburg's bus company is in talks with Samwu in an attempt to find a solution to the strike by bus drivers, which has crippled services.
TALKS between Metrobus and the South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) resume on Wednesday, 16 March in a bid to resolve the increasingly bitter dispute that has disrupted bus services throughout the city.

About 70 drivers downed their tools last month in protest against the new shift system, citing long hours.

Metrobus’s spokesperson, Esther Dreyer, said the company hoped that the talks wound end the dispute, which has grounded the fleet since last month. “We are hoping that a deal will be made today for the sake of passengers who are devastated over the crisis.”

Metrobus suspended it services last month for fear of intimidation of those not participating in the strike.

There has been little progress so far in resolving the standoff, with several talks reaching dead end. In the last negotiations, on Monday, 7 March, Samwu agreed to accept the schedule only if its members got the first choice of shifts.

However, Metrobus refused to accept that condition, saying that it would be unfair to drivers who had not participated in the strike.

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