3 Feb 2012

South Africa: Third day of wildcat strike

Gauteng Province, South Africa
The Gautrain bus service remains suspended today, due to an illegal strike by bus drivers, the operator said. Management attempted to set up a scabbing operation, but it crumbled. “Unfortunately, in the short period of the illegal strike the drivers from the skeletal bus service were intimidated and are unhappy to continue working,” said company spokesman Errol Braithwaite.  
He added that they had locked the striking drivers out of the depot in Midrand. “We are not going to let them in until the issues are resolved. It is difficult to have meaningful discussions with the drivers who are not represented by a union anymore”. The Gautrain drivers, who used to be members of the SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu), have left the union and are now acting independently.

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