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Locked train stations greet commuters

2010-05-17 07:52

Cape Town - Train stations stood locked and empty around the country as thousands of Metrorail and Shosholoza Meyl workers embarked on their first day of an indefinite strike on Monday.

Two million commuters nationwide were left with no choice but to turn to minibus taxis and buses on Monday morning.

Wage negotiations broke down between transport unions Satawu and Utatu and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) after the employer was unable to agree to a 15% wage increase, instead offering 8%.

The unions had been threatening to strike since April, forcing Metrorail to suspend the sale of the more cost effective monthly tickets.

Metrorail workers join Transnet workers who have been on strike for two weeks.

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