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South Africa – Bus workers strike over recruitment

09 July 2013

Metrobus workers across South Africa are striking over the company’s use of recruitment agency Adecco, according to the South African Press Association. South Africa’s Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) is leading the strike against Metrobus recruiting staff through Adecco, something they claim is a violation of a 2008 agreement regarding the employment of permanent staff.

“We didn’t hear anything from management yesterday [Monday], so we are back picketing at the same place, just in front of the Metrobus headquarters,” said SAMWU spokesman Phanuel Tshikovha. “Until such time [as] we can engage wit management, the strike will indefinitely carry on.”

SAMWU are accusing the bus service’s acting managing director, Lawrence Maqekoane of violating company policy and are demanding that he be suspended from his post .

Metrobus’ personnel chief Ranti Mahlabana said [Monday] that Metrobus hoped to meet SAMWU and resolve their differences. Mr Mahlabana confirmed that the company would look into the appointment of Adecco.   

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