Satawu vows to forge ahead with strikes

2010-05-24 07:50

Metrorail was running a reduced service this morning as the SA

Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) vowed to forge ahead with national

strike action.

Satawu deputy president Robert Mashego said no further wage talks

had been scheduled with either the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) or

Transnet, where Satawu members were entering a third week of strike

action.

But Mashego said some members were returning to work, despite the

majority rejecting a 10 percent wage increase from Prasa and an 11 percent offer

from Transnet.

“There are some people who are going back to work... they are

looking after their interests financially,” said Mashego.

Economists warned last week that striking workers would lose a

significant amount of money since the “no work, no pay” rule applied.

Satawu’s fellow union, the United Transport and Allied Trade Union

(Utatu) decided at the end of last week to accept both the Transnet and Prasa

offers.

Its members were back at work today.

Metrorail in Gauteng announced yesterday that about 30 percent of

its services would be running today, due to the Satawu strike, whose members

were demanding 13 percent.

All Shosholoza-Meyl trains were expected to be running as

normal.

Satawu and Utatu began a strike against Prasa last Monday that saw

a shut-down of Metrorail and Shosholoza Meyl services across the country.

Satawu represents about 56 percent of the Prasa work force.

Two weeks ago, Satawu started the strike against Transnet with its

members demanding a 15 percent salary hike.


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