Keen eyes on briefing as Algoa Bus strike enters day 30

OCTOBER 22, 2015

The current strike by Algoa Bus staffers on Thursday entered its 30th day as unions and the company failed to agree on a number of demands. The bus company, the three striking unions, are, however, expected to address the media in the afternoon.

Last week Thursday, the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) met with the management at Algoa Bus in the presence of representatives from the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) - Eastern Cape.

The parties again reached an impasse - which is how the strike began on 23 September.

The CCMA has been trying to find a way forward to break the deadlock.

Two attempts at resolving the strike two weeks ago did not materialise.

Algoa Bus staffers are reportedly demanding several changes to their conditions of employment, including flexible shifts for shop stewards, funeral bus services available to employees and sanctions against drivers, who are short on their ticket fares.

Nelson Mandela Bay residents, who have been forced to seek alternatives to work and school, will be hoping for some good news from the briefing.