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NUMSA strike leads to Tshwane bus services suspension

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) strike in Pretoria has indeed led to the suspension of the A Re Yeng Bus Rapid Transit and Tshwane Bus Services on Wednesday morning.

CITY OF TSHWANE TAKES PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES TO SAFEGUARD COMMUTERS

The suspension of the two services follows a strike action by members of the NUMSA. 

“The City of Tshwane’s Roads and Transport Department took the decision to cease operations in order to protect and prioritise the safety of commuters and residents.”

Tshwane Roads and Transport MMC Dikeledi Selowa said. 

She said the suspension of operations also serves as a precautionary measure to safeguard the city’s assets from any possible vandalism.

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“The City would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused by the disruption to our public transport operations.”

Selowa said. 

WHAT THE NUMSA STRIKE IS ABOUT 

Meanwhile, NUMSA Regional Secretary Hlanganani, Jerry Morulane said they will be at Xtremetec, the agency responsible for fare collection services for the A Re Yeng BRT bus system in the City of Tshwane.

Members of the union feel compelled to embark on this strike because one of the core demands is transport allowance. 

“Workers at Xtremetec have to arrive at work at 04:00 and knock off at 21:00, and there is no reliable transport available at that time. 

“Workers spend a fortune paying for transport to make it to and from work. Our members are demanding a transport allowance of R2500 and a nightshift allowance of R60 per hour.”

Morulane said.

The strike started Wednesday morning, 11 May and will continue until Friday, 13 May when members will be marching to the City of Tshwane.

The issue of transport allowance is a burning issue for workers at Tshwane Rapid Transit (TRT) and workers at Tshwane Affected Operation Investment (TAOI). 

Morulane said all these agencies fall under A Re Yeng and provide services. 

TAOI is responsible for running the stations and TRT is responsible for drivers and running busses. 

Workers from all three agencies will be marching to the City of Tshwane on Friday. 

They will be going to voice their anger over the lack of adequate allocation for transport allowance. 

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