Gautrain commuters drop as strikes bite
Johannesburg - There has been a drop in the number of commuters using the Gautrain because of an illegal strike by Gautrain bus drivers, the Bombela Concession company said on Monday.
Spokesperson Errol Braithwaite reported a 10% decline, and said it was not clear when the Gautrain bus service would resume.
Between 30 000 and 34 000 people use the Gautrain every week.
Gautrain bus drivers went on an illegal strike on Wednesday and were given until Friday to make representations on why they should not be dismissed.
Braithwaite said management had not found grounds to halt disciplinary procedures as this was the fourth illegal strike by the drivers in six months.
"As a consequence, the process to dismiss those drivers involved in the illegal strike has now begun," he said.
At least 300 workers were affected.
The strike also defied a court interdict which compelled drivers to return to work.
The Democratic Alliance in Gauteng said the company's decision to dismiss the striking workers should be adopted by the city.
"The commuter, as the client, is the most important link in the success and sustainability of any transport entity," said the DA Gauteng's transport spokesperson Nico de Jager.
All Gautrain bus services have been suspended, but the company said it was making plans to run a skeleton bus service on key routes.
If there is a bunch of demanding lazy bliksems, then it is the gautrain bus drivers
Who protects me? I paid for a 35 day pass and cannot use the Train as I have no transport to take me from the station to my work. I am losing money and have to pay extra petrol to drive to work now. How does the Consumer Protection Act protect me?
Just a question. Will Gautrain pay everyone's toll fees if the toll road system was in place and their employees forced everyone to make use of alternative transport?
So what happens when the toll system is in place? We lose themoney on the Gautrain ticket and still pay high toll fees. If the toll system can only be viable when there is a reliable, alternate transport system then then the toll system can never be implemented as it will never be reliable.