JOHANNESBURG- Unions representing bus drivers who embarked on the nationwide strike on Wednesday said it was effective even though it affected commuters and inconvenienced them.

Zanele Sabela‚ South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) spokesperson said,  “Tomorrow we will be engaging the employers for negotiations. And the outcome of the meeting will determine whether we continue or workers go back to work. It’s a pity this came at the expense of commuters.”

Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said it fully supported the strike and is pleased with the strong message it sent.

Dumisani Dakile‚ Cosatu Gauteng secretary said,“This can be resolved if they just give the workers what they want. We are here because employers don’t want to give them their fair share. They had no option but to down tools. We are hopeful we will get what we want‚”

Workers are damning a 12% increase, employers are only offering 7% increase and 7.5% over three  years.

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