Transnet strike to continue – Satawu

2010-05-08 12:48

The nationwide Transnet strike by the South African Transport and

Allied Workers Union (Satawu) would go ahead, but the United Transport and

Allied Trade Union (Utatu) was still undecided today.

Satawu spokesperson Jane Barrett said the union refused an offer

made by Transnet of an 11% increase, seeing it as “too little too late”.

“The offer was made on a take-it-or-leave-it basis at the 11th

hour,” she said.

Utatu, who originally said they would join Satawu in the strike,

said they would first present the offer to its members.

“As a responsible union we have decided to suspend the strike for

two days and ask our members to consider the offer,” said Utatu general

secretary Steve Harris.

The Utatu management would meet on Tuesday to discuss the response

of their 22 000 members at Transnet.

“If our members come back and say they don’t accept the offer we

will be on the streets on Wednesday,” said Harris.

He said Utatu had not signed any agreement, nor had they withdrawn

their notice to strike.

Barrett said Satawu expected a 100% turnout of their more than 18

000 members to join the strike and said even without Utatu the impact would be

considerable. Transnet employed 50 000 employees, 87% of which were

unionised.

Barrett said Satawu’s negotiating team had not consulted their

members regarding the declined offer.

“The 11% offer is misleading in that there are other areas of the

offer where there has been a reduction,” she said. “In any event, the 11% offer

is not in line with our current mandate for settlement.”



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