- Striking bus drivers in Japan and countries use a novel way to voice their protests by simply refusing to charge passengers for rides until their grievances are resolved
- Meanwhile bus strikes locally are expected to intensify as unions accuse employers of not being willing to come to the negotiation table to resolve the impasse
- The action in other countries has led people to wonder if perhaps local bus drivers shouldn't consider taking a leaf out of the Japanese bus driver’s play-book
In Japan, bus drivers go on strike by draping blankets over the fare machines and giving all passengers free rides while their strike action continues.
Briefly.co.za learned from reports that the action of continuing on routes while not accepting fares isn’t unprecedented, having been used successfully by Australian bus drivers engaging in labour disputes.
Meanwhile, local bus drivers across South Africa are moving into what seems sure to be an intensification of the industrial action as unions accuse of being unwilling to engage them.
The unions have said there is no chance they will back down on their demands claiming that the employers simply refused to meet them halfway during the mediation process.
This means the strikes will carry on for yet another week as unions said they would meet on Friday to finalise details of mass action and protests in various parts of the country.
As bus strikes continue, those mostly disadvantaged by buses not running, are those who rely on busses to get to and from work and school.
If the strikes were carried out using the method applied by the Japanese drivers, those relying on the transport wouldn’t be adversely affected.
Is it perhaps time South African bus drivers took up the tactics of Japanese?
Similarly, other countries and other industries have also added their voice to the suggestion of a different form of striking.
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