Workers state their demands on Prasa

2016-03-24 06:00

Members of South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) in the Western Cape, along with progressive formations, demonstrated their vehement dissatisfaction with the poor management of Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and blatant exploitation of workers, on Tuesday, in Cape Town.

The march took place a day after South Africa commemorated Human Rights Day, as a reminder of those who laid their life fighting against the racist, unjust, exploitative Apartheid system in South Africa.

“We are extremely dismayed with the abuse of power in the company by the senior management in the region which results in the victimization of shop stewards and members of our glorious trade union, SATAWU.

It cannot be tolerated that disciplinary processes are used to settle political scores and personal battles within the staff enrolment of PRASA,” it said.

They claimed that they were disappointed to learn that Prasa still outsources critical services required for the effective operation of the company.

High rates of crime and vandalism of trains remain a serious problem, yet Prasa insists on the outsourcing of security services.

They demanded an end to the casualization of the workforce, and the immediate employment of all Fixed Term Contract Workers.

An end to the outsourcing of permanent services in Prasa and the reemployment of all employees working at Prasa employed by contracted service providers.

They also demanded salary alignment with other provinces, ensuring that the principle of equal pay for equal work is adhered to and implemented, including the immediate removal of the Regional Manager, Richard Walker.

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