Strike fails to affect Metrorail services

2012-02-29 13:33
Johannesburg - Rail services in all regions are running as normal despite a strike by workers in parts of the country, Metrorail said on Wednesday.

"The overall level of service in Gauteng showed a notable improvement from yesterday [Tuesday] with service performance continuing above 70%," it said.

Metrorail said contingency plans were in place to ensure that services were not disrupted.

Workers belonging to the SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu) went on strike on Monday in protest against alleged corruption.

The union has called for the suspension of Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) group CEO Lucky Montana over alleged tender irregularities.

About 3 000 workers in Tshwane and Johannesburg were on strike, as well as workers in the Eastern and Western Cape

The operator said it was receiving reports of intimidation incidents in Tshwane and Johannesburg.

"We are currently investigating these cases and appropriate steps will be taken in this regard."

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