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Drivers' pay tops agenda

Mere Naleba
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

THE Transport Workers Union is fighting for the regulation of wages for bus drivers.

Union general secretary Kamlesh Kumar said this was on top of their agenda, as a matter of urgent need.

"The issue of pay is an issue of urgency. We will need to look at that, as we are now working closely with bus drivers and their salary is really pathetic," he said.

"That is something we will be treating with urgency."

Several bus drivers interviewed by this newspaper shared similar stories of working extra hours without additional wages. A bus driver of a prominent bus company said at the end of six days, he's paid $158 for working from 6am to 8pm daily.

He said drivers had families who depended on their income, and it was only right that Government looked at their salaries.

"We've been fighting for an increase in bus drivers' salaries and been asking our employees but nothing has eventuated," he said.

"We're happy to have joined the union for they will look after us. "Who will work for $158 for six days? We are not paid overtime and we work from 6am to 8pm."

The driver said drivers left their homes as early as 5am and finished work late at night.

On Saturday, Transport Minister Parveen Kumar reminded bus operators via this newspaper to pay bus drivers well.

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