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Bus strike leaves hundreds of fans stranded

June 15, 2010 00:11 IST
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A few hundred soccer fans were stranded in Johannesburg on Monday after the Netherlands-Denmark game in Soccer City when bus drivers went on impromptu strike.

Drivers were complaining they were not given sufficient warning that they would be expected to work longer hours during the first soccer World Cup on African soil.

"We made alternate arrangements for all passengers after drivers went on an illegal stoppage," said Lisa Seftel, the executive director for transportation in the City of Johannesburg.

She said officials were in negotiations with drivers in order to prevent a recurrence.

This strike is one of several labour incidents that have come during the World Cup when unions have tried to squeeze concessions out of the government which had been hoping the event would increase national unity.

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