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Bus drivers in Japan have gone on strike by draping blankets over fare machines and giving everyone free rides.

They are, literally, doing everything they usually do, except collect money - a clever tactic to keep passengers sympathetic to their cause.

Last year bus drivers in Brisbane and Sydney held similar fare-free bus “strikes” as part of a labour dispute.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield spoke to Andrew Levy, labour economist and MD at Andrew Levy Employment.

He asked whether the approach by Japanese bus drivers could be an option for bus drivers in South Africa.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for quotes from it).

It is a very elegant solution indeed… It puts the bosses in a difficult position… They are, immediately, seen as the ones creating the disturbance…

Andrew Levy, labour economist

Our unions should start thinking about striking in this manner…

Andrew Levy, labour economist

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This article first appeared on 702 : [#BusStrike] Bus drivers in Japan strike by refusing to take money from riders

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