Transnet gets strike notice

By Drum Digital
08 October 2012

Workers at Transnet will embark on a one-day strike next week led by the SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu), the company said.

Transnet general manager Mboniso Sigonyela said the company had received notice that the strike would take place on Monday, October 15.

"We are considering the notice and will activate contingency measures to ensure minimal disruption should the action materialise," he said in a statement.

The one-day labour action was in support of the ongoing truck drivers' strike.

Satawu spokesman Vincent Masoga, said the union gave a seven-day notice to strike at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation, and Arbitration last Friday.

The union was continuing to plan protests and pickets among truck drivers in co-ordination with other unions.

The union would continue to negotiate with employers, with the next meeting to discuss truck drivers' salary demands scheduled for Tuesday, he said.

Satawu had been asking for a 12 percent wage increase, but was prepared to negotiate a compromise if the employers, including the Road Freight Employers' Association (RFEA), were willing to also compromise.

"We're prepared to even take 10 percent, but the guys are not budging at all," Masoga said.

The unions involved in the truck drivers' strike said action continued on Saturday, but they were hopeful an agreement would be reached during negotiations this week.

"We are positive that we might find a solution because there is a lot at stake," the Motor Transport Workers' Union's (MTWU) Dirk White said.

"This strike is not about political play -- people can lose their jobs."

The unions involved are Satawu, the Professional Transport and Allied Workers' Union SA (PTAWU), the Transport and Allied Workers' Union of SA, and MTWU.

Masoga said the strike was continuing and they had received a notice of negotiations.

"We will always be hopeful," he said.

"More importantly, we are hopeful that the employers will play ball this time around."

PTAWU's Pancho Ndevu agreed with the other unions and said they would remain hopeful for the workers.

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