7 May 2013

South Africa: national bus strike enters third week

Unions involved in the nationwide bus strike are planning a host of protest marches this week as they intensify the industrial action. Drivers have been on strike for over two weeks now. They are demanding a pay hike of 18 percent, while employers are offering 9 percent. Negotiations deadlocked for a third time last week.
Driver Edward Mcdonald said even though he was not currently able to pay all his bills, he was positive that it will be worth the sacrifice. “We don’t actually worry about sacrificing right now, all we want is our two digits, and if they do not agree during negotiations then something really bad is going to happen here."

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