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Cops to escort Metrobus drivers amid threats from hanging employees

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Johannesburg – Metrobus workers were expected back at work Thursday after staying in the depots on Wednesday and were not working after strikers reportedly intimidated non-striking drivers.

Metrobus officials were involved in a meeting with police on Wednesday to work out a security plan designed to keep drivers safe.

Goodwill Shiburi, a Metrobus spokesman, said the buses would return to the streets today accompanied by police inside and behind the buses.

Metrobus had received several reports of threats and intimidating calls to the workers.

“Drivers are at the depot by 5am, but they are receiving calls that are intimidating and want to ensure safety,” Shiburi said.

The Metrobus strike was launched on Monday by the rival Democratic Municipal and Allied Workers Union of SA (Demawusa). The union has around 100 members out of around 1,000 workers at Metrobus.

SA Municipal Workers Union provincial secretary Bafana Zungu said Metrobus has a responsibility to protect its members. Samwu employs around 700 people.

Zungu said Samwu will apply for a R4000 raise and R3000 salary allowance, and the community will pay 80% of the medical contribution.

Meanwhile, Demawusa called for an 18% increase from a list of 28 claims.

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