10 May 2010

Strike halts Johannesburg's new transport system

Johannesburg, South Africa
Scores of commuters were left stranded on Monday morning due to a surprise strike by the Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit System (BRT) employees.
The reason for the sudden suspension of the city's newest form of public transport was not clear as representatives of various stakeholders were locked in meetings and could not be reached for comment. A press release stated: "Rea Vaya buses have not commenced operations this morning due to a union recognition dispute at the Bus Operating Company."

With the World Cup just a month away, transport workers in South Africa are in a strong bargaining position. At least 18,000 port and rail workers are also striking today - for higher wages.

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