The bus strike which is gathering momentum is the result of a wage dispute that affects over 80% of the country's passenger buses with at least 50 bus companies not operating across the country.
ACDP MP Cheryllyn Dudley said today that "the ACDP welcomes action taken by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) in order to assist in resolving this dispute which has the potential of adding to the countries economic woes. Thousands of commuters across the country have been affected and the impact on service delivery and productivity is yet to be ascertained".
The CCMA was acting in terms of a section of the Labour Relations Act, which allows it to offer help in resolving a public interest dispute through conciliation.
Unions and employer associations are expected to meet at the bargaining table at 10:00 on Thursday as the nationwide bus strike enters its second day. The talks are expected to take two days.
ISSUED BY CHERYLLYN DUDLEY MP
19 April 2018