SACP Gauteng dismayed by dismissal of Gautrain bus drivers

Pat Ntsobi
08 February 2012

PEC disappointed that BEE partners silent over exploitation of workers by foreign operators

SACP Gauteng Province on the dismissal of Gautrain Bus Drivers

The SACP Gauteng Province is dismayed by the recent dismissal of over 300 Gautrain bus drivers by their employer Mega Express. These workers have been at loggerheads with their employer to recognize their rights as enshrined in the Labour Relations Act and the Basic Conditions of Employment Act. It has come to our attention that workers in this company are denied the right to collective bargaining and the employer unilaterally decides on their conditions of employment.

As the SACP Gauteng Province, we condemn the suppression of the rights of these employees by the employer as it only exposes the conviction of Mega Express to subject the workers to undertake their working responsibility under unfavorable conditions. It is only prudent that the employer must provide transport to these workers, especially given that their shifts start at 4h00 in the morning ending at around 14h30, without food and reasonable break to go to restrooms.

We are also disappointed that the BEE partners in the Gautrain Consortium (Bombela) have not said a word whilst the workers are being exploited by foreign operators. We have also noted with contempt the intention of the capitalists, to subject workers into starvation whilst they stand aside to receive more profits made by the workers, all in the name of attracting foreign investment and developing local infrastructure. It is for these reasons that we, as the SACP Gauteng Province, will continue to fight sharply against the exploitation of labour by capital.

Statement issued by SACP Gauteng provincial spokesperson Pat Ntsobi on behalf of the Gauteng SACP PEC, February 8 2012

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Usual rhetorical *rap
Workers rights are being denied and they are being exploited, etc, etc, blah, blah, usual rubbish. It was the bus drivers that went on an illegal strike (how many times now) and if they don't like the conditions why did they apply for the job. If they . .more

by Sentinel on February 09 2012, 01:21
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When are you going to stop your political fronting behind the ANC and present your platform to the electorate?

by Racist in ANCspeak is someone who thinks (differently from them) on February 09 2012, 01:27
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working conditions
Why take a job if you know that you have no transport to get to work at 4 a.m..
Stop working for wicked Capitalists and ask the SACP to provide jobs.

by jelry on February 09 2012, 06:24
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@ all
You forget, friends, that they are black and therefore have to be helped with transport, food, maybe even to pee?

by John Logan on February 09 2012, 15:11
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Do you see the silliness in what you say, Pat?
So you want transport for the drivers? Who? More drivers? And who drives these to work and back? And who THEM? Funny enough, the taxi drivers don't seem to go on strike for these "rights"...

Free enterprise ensures that where there is a . .more

by Dinks on February 14 2012, 17:22
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