Metrorail back on track

2010-12-02 07:31

The majority of Metrorail workers who had embarked on a strike in Cape Town had returned to work, the United Transport and Allied Trade Union (Utatu) said today.

“The service is running as per normal, with 95% of trains working,” said Utatu general secretary Chris de Vos.

He said a meeting between the union and Metrorail management would be held today to decide whether to continue with the strike.

“We hope to settle the matter today. We believe there’s a solution for every problem.”

The union would embark on a full-blown strike if the employer did not accede to the workers’ demands, said De Vos.

Commuters had been forced to make alternative transport plans yesterday as workers went on strike and forced a total shutdown of services.

Workers had been protesting against the introduction of changes to their shift roster.

“It was part of the agreement when they received their salary increases. The new roster was due to be introduced on December 4. It does not involve more hours – only different hours,” said Western Cape Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott.

The SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union also took part in the strike.

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