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Algoa Buses back on the road on Monday

OCTOBER 22, 2015
Algoa Buses back on the road on Monday

After nearly a month of challenges with transportation to and from work and schools, Nelson Mandela Bay residents can breathe a sigh of relief as the Algoa Buses are now expected back on the road on Monday next week. This was announced at a joint media briefing by the Algoa Bus Company an the three striking unions.

The breakthrough follows the failure of several earlier attempts by the parties to reach an agreement. 

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 then tried to find a way forward to break the deadlock.

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

Algoa Bus staffers were 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.