Bus drivers vow to intensify strike if outsourcing decision is not reversed
Johannesburg Metrobus drivers have vowed to intensify their unprotected strike if the decision to outsource bus inspectors in not reversed. This is according to a bus driver who has been working for the bus service for over ten years."The biggest problem here is that the Managing [Director Mavela Dlamini] wants to outsource the work for ticket examination from passengers. All these years there has been a promotion amongst the drivers especially for inspection because they know the job very well‚" said the father of three children who asked not to be named.When TMG Digital visited the Metrobus head offices in Braamfontein‚ bus drivers were seen socialising and others were playing music from their cars.On Friday and Monday‚ commuters were left stranded as the drivers downed tools."So the fight is that there will no longer be progression. He [Dlamini] is closing that department and people will no longer progress because he is closing that department completely. There is a better way of looking after the revenue of Metrobus‚” the driver said.The driver said they had no issues with salaries or wages. He told TMG Digital that the basic salary for a Metrobus driver is R7‚000 per month. He is earning R18‚000 before deductions. With overtime‚ he makes almost R24‚000.Sources told TMG Digital that they were only informed last week on Thursday by an unnamed manager that the inspection department would be outsourced.At least 200 Metrobus routes have been shut down due to the unprotected strike.Efforts to get hold of Metrobus representatives were unsuccessful as they were in a meeting with South African Municipal Workers Union shop-stewards. Samwu is the union representing the bus drivers.