Commuters pay the price as bus strike continues

Thulani Gqirana and Shaanaaz de Jagger

THOUSANDS of Nelson Mandela Bay commuters left stranded by the ongoing bus strike are being forced to fork out more than double their usual fare to catch taxis to work or school.

And pupils are getting to school late because of the number of taxi passengers.

Some Port Elizabeth commuters have had to forgo buying groceries to ensure they have enough money to pay for transport until the end of the month.

The SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) announced the nationwide strike last week as a result of a deadlock in wage negotiations, and the strike started on Friday.

Workers are demanding an 18% increase, while employers started with 2.5% and are now offering 6.5%.

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