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Unions accept wage offer, bus strike ends

Bus drivers are expected to return behind the wheel again from today after a wage agreement was reached between their unions and bus companies.

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The strike started nearly four weeks ago with unions initially demanding a 12% wage hike.

They've now settled on 9% for the first year and eight percent for the second. Backdating the new wage offer was one of the main sticking points.

The two parties have now reached a compromise to backdate it to the day on which the strike began - as opposed the first of April.

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Numsa's Irvin Jim say bus drivers have util Wednesday to return to work.

"We're calling on employers to allow workers to go back to work peacefully without any form of harassment and we secured mandates from our constituencies to basically bring an end to the strike," Jim said.

Jim says they know the impact that the strike has had on commuters. He says strike action is always a last resort. 

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