Posted on Feb 6, 2012 in Media Releases
In terms of the disciplinary procedures invoked following their illegal work stoppage on the 1st February, Gautrain bus drivers were given until 11h00 on Friday 3rd February to make representation as to why they should not be dismissed.
On the morning of 3rd February the drivers requested an extension of this deadline. In the interests of maximum fairness, Mega Express agreed to extend the deadline to 13h00. Shortly before 13h00, a request was received requesting a further extension. Again, in the interests of maximum fairness, Mega Express agreed to extend the deadline to 16h00. A submission from the drivers was subsequently received.
Following careful consideration of the submission, the management of Mega Express came to the view that the contents of the submission did not provide sufficient grounds to revoke the disciplinary procedure and as a consequence the process to dismiss those drivers involved in the illegal strike has now begun. Approximately 300 drivers are affected.
Mega Express is working hard on plans to re-start at least a skeleton bus service on key routes as soon as possible.
The Gautrain again, sincerely apologizes to passengers for the inconvenience caused by this illegal strike and assures customers that everything possible is being done to re-open the bus service on a reliable and sustainable basis as soon as possible.