MyCiTi strike enters second week

Bus drivers and other staff employed by the MyCiti bus operating companies have embarked on a fourth day of an illegal strike at the Civic Center. Photograph: Armand Hough / African News Agency (ANA)
The strike by some MyCiTi Bus Service workers has entered a second week.

Workers including drivers, cashiers and marshals embarked on a wild cat strike last Monday, demanding to be in-sourced and improved working conditions.

The City of Cape Town has reiterated that the workers are employed by the vehicle operating companies (VOCs) and they should file their grievances with their employers and not the City.

Mayoral committee member for transport and urban development Brett Herron has accused the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) of hijacking the strike. But the red berets denied this. 

Last week, two female bus drivers were allegedly held hostage by the striking workers. The strikers also blocked roads around the city.

The City obtained an interdict to protect MyCiTi personnel, passengers and assets against the strike.

It seems that has not worked as the striking workers have vowed to intensify their industrial action if their demands are not met.

MyCiTi users are encouraged to make alternative travel arrangements as it’s not clear when the strike will end. Those who have monthly cards will be compensated.

Currently only routes D01, D02, D04, 213, 214, 217, 232, 233, 234, 236 and 237 are operating. 

Commuters can contact 0800 65 64 63 for updates.