The management of Tshwane Bus Services (TBS) would like to inform its loyal commuters that operations have been suspended following a work stoppage by its employees affiliated to the labour union, South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu).
The bus drivers refused to take their shifts from 12:00 yesterday and closed all the gates at all the depots, thus preventing buses from exiting the depots to resume operations. The striking workers continued with their work stoppage this morning. The Tshwane Metro Police Department is on-site monitoring the situation. The striking workers are refusing to divulge the reasons for downing their tools.
Other employees affiliated to the labour union, Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Imatu), have indicated their willingness to work, however, they could not risk their lives or the City's assets. The City's Chief Operating Officer has been tasked to urgently meet with the striking workers today with the view to resolve the workers' unknown grievances.
The City's management is of the view that negotiations are the best and only avenue to be explored to resolve whatever grievances the workers may have, without inconveniencing our loyal commuters who are solely dependent on TBS for travel.
We wish to apologise profusely to our bus commuters that have been adversely affected by the strike and advise them to make alternative travel arrangements. Further developments will be communicated in due course.