Cape Town – The Golden Arrow Bus Service apologised on Monday to commuters for disruptions during the nationwide bus drivers’ strike.

“[The] Golden Arrow Bus Service would like to extend its sincere apologies to all the commuters who have been adversely affected by the ongoing national bus strike,” the company said in a statement.

“There are no winners in this situation as passengers are inconvenienced, staff members are not receiving wages, the company is not operating, and the entire economy is suffering.”

Drivers affiliated to the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union and the Transport and Omnibus Workers’ Union went on strike last week, initially demanding an 18 percent wage increase.

Parties failed to reach an agreement on Wednesday during talks facilitated by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation, and Arbitration.

“Our representative, who is part of the bargaining council, told me that unions brought down their demands to a 13 percent wage increase, while the employers improved their offer to eight percent,” Golden Arrow spokesman John Dammert said last week.

The commission suggested the parties settle at nine percent.

Source: iolnews – SAPA