Driv­ers out in the cold

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - METRO - BULELWA PAYI [email protected]

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.

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