Bus strike violence fears

Johannesburg - The Transport and Allied Workers' Union of South Africa (Tawusa) is appealing for protection for its members as the bus drivers’ strike continues.

Tawusa said it was not taking part in the industrial action, which left thousands of commuters stranded, today.

“We ask the company, especially Putco, to give our members protection because we understand that the strike itself is dangerous if our members are out there driving those buses," said Tawusa spokesman Madi Ngeukana.

The union said it was worried about the safety of approximately 15,000 members.

“They can be shot. So we say to those companies, please protect our members,”

Striking workers were demanding an 18% wage increase, but employees put a two and 6.5% on the table.

The national wage strike started on April 19.

Chief executive of the Commuter Bus Employers Organisation Barry Gie previously said workers were also demanding a minimum wage of R6,000 a month across the industry, a R1,000 housing allowance and an increase in medical aid contributions.

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