Johannesburg – The Minister of Transport, Dr Blade Nzimande and the Minister of Labour, Ms Mildred Oliphant, met with representatives of Organised Labour and Employers within the bus industry.
The Ministers were distinctively briefed by both parties on their bargaining positions aimed at ending the protracted bus strike.
The Ministers noted progress in negotiations and appreciated the fact that both parties are determined to resolve the impasse swiftly with concessions already made from the original positions held by both parties prior to the negotiations.
Both Ministers called on all parties involved to find a negotiated settlement under the allowable rules and regulations in the interest of all South Africans.
Whilst the Ministers are not party to the negotiations, the only reasonable outcome that they expects from the negotiations is the immediate resumption of bus operations, whilst labour and employers are finding a permanent solution to the impasse.
Both Ministers will continue to observe the negotiations with keen interest and wished all involved best regards in concluding the negotiations.
Department of Transport