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The MyCiTi bus service has been disrupted due to an illegal strike by some bus drivers who are employed by the Vehicle Operating Companies (VOCs) operating the MyCiTi bus routes. Few routes are operating at present and commuters are advised to please make alternative arrangements until further notice.
Some of the bus drivers who are employed by the Vehicle Operating Companies (VOCs) operating the MyCiTi bus routes embarked on an illegal strike at approximately 05:00 this morning, 15 October 2018.
As a result, the MyCiTi service has been severely disrupted with few routes operating during the morning peak hour period. Neither the VOCs, nor the City of Cape Town, were informed of the imminent strike and the reasons for the illegal stay-away.
It is unclear for how long the illegal strike will continue, and when the MyCiTi service will be able to resume normal operations. The City is monitoring the situation and will inform commuters accordingly.
Hertzog Boulevard was closed to incoming traffic this morning after the striking drivers gathered on the red bus lane outside of the Civic Centre station in the central business district, intimidating those bus drivers who were still fulfilling their duties. Vehicular traffic and MyCiTi buses operating on the N2 Express routes from Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha have been diverted along other routes.
‘I am concerned about the illegal strike and the impact it has on commuters who are already taking strain due to the ailing rail service. I was also alerted to incidents where some strikers intimidated their colleagues who are not participating in their illegal strike. This is unacceptable. I urge the VOCs and their employees to meet as soon as possible. These engagements must be facilitated through the appropriate channels so that the impasse can be resolved. We need the MyCiTi service to resume operations as soon as possible, and without any disruptions,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban Development, Councillor Brett Herron.
‘The drivers are represented by trade unions and their conditions of employment are the subject of a collective bargaining agreement. An agreement was reached as recently as May this year, following a protracted four week strike, and this morning’s wildcat strike is inexplicable. I urge those who have embarked on this strike to use the structures and processes in place to address any grievances or concerns they may have with their employment,’ said Councillor Herron.
The City, in collaboration with Law Enforcement and the South African Police Service, is closely monitoring the situation.
The City apologises for the inconvenience. Commuters can contact the Transport Information Centre 24/7 on 0800 65 64 63 for the latest information regarding the service, or follow @MyCiTibus on Twitter, or visit the facebook page ‘MyCiTi Integrated Rapid Transit System’.
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