Drivers out in the cold
FRESH attempts to find a solution to striking MyCiTi workers are set to resume next week.
The workers, who went on an unprotected strike on October 15, want to be employed by the City of Cape Town directly and no longer by companies contracted by the council.
According to their spokesperson, Patrick Mabindisa, more than 300 of the striking workers were fired this week by the vehicle operating companies which entered into longterm contracts with the City for the operation of the MyCiTi service.
The dismissed workers include over 170 bus drivers as well as staff at the bus stations, cleaners and security personnel.
Some routes, like the inner City, Hout Bay, Hangberg, Table View, Atlantis and parts of Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha, were affected, resulting in a reduced frequency of the bus service and overcrowding.
Mabindisa said the striking workers would meet with their union, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA, as well as political parties, to thrash out the next move.
He would not confirm whether the plans included approaching the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration regarding the dismissals.
“We are hoping that a solution will be found soon,” Mabindisa said.