NATIONAL NEWS - The national bus strike is expected to intensify on Thursday while negotiations between the unions and employers continue.
The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and the Tirisano Transport Workers Union are seated in talks with the bus management to discuss the way forward.
The bus strike continues into its second day after bus drivers downed tools on Wednesday demanding a 12% wage hike, while employers offer 7%.
The CCMA has been roped in to mediate to ensure a much-needed resolution.
Unions are demanding a minimum basic wage of R8 000 as opposed to the current R6 000.
Bus drivers are demanding full pay for dual drivers travelling long distances and a nightshift roster from 4pm to 6am, as opposed to the current one, which stands at 8pm to 3am.
Transport Minister Blade Nzimande has urged parties to urgently find a negotiated settlement.