By Cllr Nico de Jager, DA Johannesburg Shadow MMC for Transport:
The DA calls on Metrobus drivers to return to word and return transport services to normal while resolving their tax issues with the entity.
Yesterday Metrobus workers went on a wildcat strike and held officials hostage at head office until Managing Director, Mr Mavela Dlamini accepted their demands.
Mr Dlamini received their demands at around midnight last night.
Since January 2015, when a revised HR structure was put in place, too little Pay As You Earn (PAYE) deductions were made from drivers’ salaries, despite numerous requests from drivers to address the issue.
Management never gave feedback, only to deduct the shortfalls all at once when bonuses to drivers were paid out – resulting in the strike.
While the DA appreciates their legitimate concerns, we believe that drivers should have, through their union representatives, followed proper dispute resolution procedures with Metrobus management when the problem first arose.
Yesterday’s actions have not only soured relationships with management and possibly put their jobs at risk, but also caused serious inconvenience to thousands of people who rely on Metrobus to get to work and back.
It is in the best interests of Johannesburg’s people to resume public transport services as a matter of urgency while drivers’ unions and Metrobus resolve this dispute.