Rea Vaya bus service resumes operations after strike
About 179 Rea Vaya employees embarked on an unprotected strike at its depot over delays in 13th cheque payments and unhappiness with the terms
PioTrans, which operates Rea Vaya, has been placed under business rescue. Photo: X/ @Glamfairympolo
Rea Vaya said its has informed passengers that its buses are now operational.
The bus services was earlier suspended on Friday until further notice.
“We will operate a full service by midday. We apologise that we could not start the service early this morning. We thank passengers for their patience and will provide regular updates on service,” Rea Vaya said.
On Thursday, the business rescue practitioner of PioTrans, which operates Johannesburg’s Rea Vaya transport services, secured an interdict against striking employees of the bus service.
Passengers are informed that Rea Vaya buses are operating now. We will operate a full service by midday. We apologise that we could not start the service early this morning. We thank passengers for their patience and will provide regular updates on service.— Rea Vaya Bus Transit (@ReaVayaBus) January 5, 2024
About 179 employees embarked on an unprotected strike at its depot over delays in 13th cheque payments and unhappiness with the terms.
Mahier Tayob, who took over as business rescue practitioner after PioTrans was placed in business rescue, approached the Labour Court in Johannesburg with an urgent application for an interdict.
The interdict handed down by the Labour Court called upon employees and the unions to show cause on March 7 why an interim order, that the strike by the employees is declared to be unprotected, should not be made final.
“The striking employees are interdicted and restrained from embarking on an unlawful and unprotected strike and continuing to participate in the picket,” the court said.
Piotrans was placed under business rescue in December after creditors tried to seize part of its fleet due to outstanding debt earlier this year.
It has been marred by problems preventing the company from running optimally.
Tayob said anyone found to have broken the law will be held to account.
Speaking to The Citizen, Tayob said he would not hesitate to refer any wrongdoers to the authorities.
“I am obliged in law to investigate the affairs of the entity and where there is criminal culpability you can rest assured there will be arrests. Not only will there be arrests, but if somebody has benefited because of impropriety that they have caused, I will seek to recover those funds.
“I am apprehensive about the possibility of sabotage which cannot be ruled out as a potential threat,” said Tayob.
A fuel supply firm and vehicle repair outlet that is allegedly owed more than R500 000 by the bus operator successfully applied for it to be placed under business rescue.