Commuters Stranded As BRT Drivers Commence Strike Action

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Commuters Stranded As BRT Drivers Commence Strike Action

Many commuters were reportedly stranded on Monday, December 31, as drivers of Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) vehicle embarked on strike over alleged non-payment of their December salary and poor working condition.

It was gathered that the aggrieved drivers, who assembled at the gate of Primero Transport Service Ltd (PTSL) headquarters at Majidun, Ikorodu, Lagos alleged that the management of the company had yet to pay their November and December salaries.

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The drivers, while stating that they are not ready to take their emoluments to 2019, added that they were suffering as they now live on borrowed foodstuffs and money to survive.

But the BRT sole operator of PTSL denied owing them salary, describing their action as politically motivated.

PTSL’s Managing Director Fola Tinubu said no worker was being owed as at yesterday.

He told The Nation: “What they were initially owed was their November bonus, which was due on December 15 and their December salary. We paid both today, being the last day of the month.”

“We learnt that they are now demanding the payment of December bonus, which is not due until January 15. We have explained to them that the bonus will be paid in January when it will be due.”

It was also learnt that many commuters were stranded at bus stops because of the strike while those who could not afford the high fares charged by other bus operators had to trek as the yellow bus drivers increased fares by between 50 and 70 per cent.

 Ikorodu to Oshodi, which used to cost N200, shot up to N300. Fare for Ikorodu to CMS went up from N300 to N500.

The drivers also vowed that they would not call off the strike until their salaries were paid.

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