Thousands of commuters left stranded after the Tshwane Bus Service (TBS) remained suspended following an illegal strike by employees and mainly drivers, which started on Wednesday morning. The employees abandoned their duties without notifying management nor giving specific reasons for their actions.
Tshwane Spokesman, Selby Bokaba said Tshwane has sent top administration to TBS Headquarters to draw in with the representatives engaged with the strike.
” The City deployed top management to TBS Headquarters yesterday morning to engage with the employees involved in the strike upon receipt of a report about the disruption of services with a view to ascertain the cause of the strike and to resolve the matter, but the talks did not yield any positive results,”
Bokaba said a notification to get back to work was given yesterday to those who are included.
“Subsequently, a notice to return to work (ultimatum) was issued yesterday to those involved, instructing them to resume their duties with immediate effect or face the consequences of their actions. If the notice period expires this afternoon at 4pm without the employees having returned to work, internal disciplinary proceedings will be instituted against them,”
Meanwhile the TBS the board has booked another gathering with the associations earlier today in a bid to determine the matter. Bokaba expressed that City will promptly execute the no work no compensation rule against the striking representatives.
“It is believed that the employees downed tools in solidarity with a colleague who was arrested on Tuesday afternoon for a traffic infringement. The City would like to apologise profusely to the TBS customers for the inconvenience caused due to the illegal strike and is doing everything in its power to normalise the situation”
In any case, he demonstrated that the Tshwane Bus Service will stay suspended until additional notification.
“Customers are urged to make alternative travel arrangements. The City will issue further communication to update the customers on the developments.”