Transnet talks to continue

2010-05-15 09:21

Talks between Transnet and striking unions are expected to continue

tomorrow.

Mediation began at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and

Arbitration (CCMA) yesterday afternoon in a bid to seek an end to a countrywide

strike.

“[This] may be the last attempt to resolve the pending wage dispute

and strike between the unions,” United Transport and Allied Trade Union (Utatu)

general secretary Chris de Vos said.

“No further detail can be disclosed at this stage, but the strike

will continue on Monday with Prasa Rail.”

South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) members

downed tools on Monday after rejecting Transnet’s 11% offer.

They were joined by Utatu, with the SA Railway and Harbour Workers’

Union (Sarwhu) supporting them.

Yesterday morning the unions marched to Transnet’s offices in

Parktown, Johannesburg to “put maximum energy” and avoid a “strike that drags on

for months”, Satawu general secretary Xolani Nyamezele said.

The march followed an agreement by parties involved to hold talks

at the CCMA.

Utatu and the Federation of Unions of SA wrote to CCMA director

Nerine Khan on Wednesday, asking her to “assist us by conciliating the

negotiations between Utatu and Transnet to avoid a drawn-out strike that could

cripple the economy”.

The union’s fears were also related to the fact that strikers were

losing money.

Strikers had caused R20 million in damages to Transnet equipment

and had “put the lives of innocent people in danger”, Transnet acting group

chief executive Chris Wells said in a statement.

 

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