Metrobus commuters left stranded as workers down tools

Metrobus commuters left stranded as workers down tools

Commuters in Johannesburg were left stranded on Thursday after Metrobus employees downed tools over wage disagreements.

File photo: Gallo Images

The drivers claim they haven't been paid overtime wages in months.


Metrobus shared a notice on social media on Thursday to inform commuters of the service disruptions.


South African Municipal Workers Union secretary Karabo Ramahuma said drivers are set to meet with the employer on Thursday to discuss a way forward.


"We are waiting for the employer to tell us whether they are going to make an immediate pay or whichever method. These are not issues that need to be negotiated. It’s a basic thing. If you work this month and work overtime they must pay you."


Ramahuma says the drivers will return to work as soon as they receive payment.


"Remember, as workers, we sell our labour in exchange for money. We cannot be in an environment where we work, but we do not get paid. 


"We are not on strike, we are just waiting for the employer to pay. If the employer pays it will be the end of the meeting.”


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