Makhura said they wanted management to address the issue of salary disparities as it appeared that some employees were paid more than their counterparts though they performed the same roles.

Asked how long the strike would go on for, Makhura said: “Until the employer concedes to our demands.”

Metrobus spokesperson Goodwill Shivuri said the strike had caused disruptions in certain areas.

“Two of our depots were operating this morning and they [buses from these depots] managed to ferry a substantial number of passengers … until the end of the morning peak,” Shivuri said.

“Instead of sticking to our daily schedule, we had to redirect to catch up on the shortfall of buses.”

Commenting on the union’s demands, Shivuri said: “Unfortunately, we are not at liberty to negotiate some of the demands with them because they are dealt with at the bargaining council.”

He said about 97 buses from the village main depot in the inner city were not operating.

School pupils in Eldorado Park who use buses from the depot were not serviced on Monday when schools reopened.

“We are trying to ensure that we’ve recommissioned village main,” said Shivuri. 

He said they were monitoring the situation. “We will continue to do our work. We will not be deterred.”

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