The strike by City of Tshwane bus drivers and other municipal workers is expected to continue as an agreement between the City and South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) has still not been reached.

On Wednesday afternoon, the City confirmed talks would resume on Thursday morning.

Since the start of the week, striking City workers have been blockading streets with buses, refuse trucks and rubbish.

They are demanding an 18% increase that was allegedly paid to the City’s top managers.

While negotiations were under way at the bargaining council in Centurion, workers marched through the she streets which led businesses to close.

The group also forced a waste truck to dump waste in the middle of Stanza Bopape Street.

The city apologised to Tshwane residents and those who were affected by the strike, adding that they were working to ensure that such a situation never happens again.

“We are confident that we will reach a solution with the unions. This would be in the best interests of the City, the employees and residents who have been greatly inconvenienced by the illegal protests. We call for calm and restraint and for all parties to give the negotiations a chance to proceed.”

Operations in the capital remain suspended until the impasse is resolved.

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