Rea Vaya commuters still stranded

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Pretoria - About 35 000 daily Rea Vaya bus commuters between Soweto and Johannesburg CBD and the surrounding areas are still stranded as the bus drivers continue with their illegal strike.

The Johannesburg Labour Court on Tuesday granted PioTrans, the bus operating company, an interdict to stop the strike and force the striking bus drivers to work.

Despite the Labour Court ruling, on Thursday there were still no Rea Vaya services in Soweto and Johannesburg CBD. The bus drivers are protesting for the proposed new working shifts by the company.

PioTrans corporate affairs manager, Eric Motswane, said: "Rea Vaya buses will not be operating any services on the morning of 4 August due to the continuation of the illegal strike by the bus drivers of Piotrans.

"The Labour Court granted an urgent interdict brought by PioTrans for drivers to resume duty without delay on August 2. The drivers have not complied with the interdict."

Motswane said PioTrans is still in the process of resolving the problem. However, he further said timelines in this regard are still unclear.

"Rea Vaya wishes to inform passengers that Rea Vaya services will not be operating until further notice. Rea Vaya wishes to once again apologise to all Rea Vaya passengers for the inconvenience caused," he said.