#BusStrike: Japan shows SA the way, as striking drivers give free rides

One of the most advanced countries in the world now seems to be leading the way with their very own #BusStrike. Japanese drivers have come up with a way to take strike action without disrupting any services.

As reported by Good News Network, drivers for the Ryobi group are angered by the introduction of a new company on their route, which is taking business away from them due to their cheaper fares.

Why are drivers protesting in Japan?

The Ryobi drivers feel that this is a violation of their rights as workers. So, rather than picking up a placard and downing tools, these guys have done something totally different. And yes, as a country, we’re dying of envy.

Japan bus drivers are on strike today. Instead of not going to work, they decided to work as normal but refuse take fares from passengers. Now that’s revolutionary!

— Thomas Madia ?? (@madiathomas) May 2, 2018

Japan’s bus drivers’ “revolutionary” strike

The drivers are simply refusing to accept any fares from passengers. They are on strike perhaps only in name, as the services for Ryobi are continuing uninterrupted and as scheduled.

It remains unclear how this will affect their positions in the future. Pleas to Ryobi from their employees have somewhat fell on deaf ears so far. So the tactic of hitting them where it hurts – in their pockets – is a desperate bid to bring everyone back to the table for negotiations.

#BusStrike talks remain at a stalemate

South African commuters haven’t had the same luck as their Japanese counterparts, though. As the nationwide #BusStrike creeps towards its third week of industrial action, there are no signs of the deadlock being broken.

The five unions involved with the strikes – The South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu), Numsa, Tirisano, Tawusa and Towa – have so far failed to agree on terms relating to wages and job security.