Metrorail strike enters third week

2010-05-31 08:00

A strike by SA Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) members

against the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) went into its third week


Gauteng Metrorail spokesperson Nana Zenani said only about a third

of its services were running.

“The strike action by Satawu members now enters its third week with

Metrorail services still operating at about 32% service level,” she said in a


“This means that only half of the Metrorail non-striking employees

and Utatu (United Transport Allied Trade Union) members are responsible for

running the train service.”

Commuters were encouraged to seek alternative transport.

About two million commuters rely on Metrorail every day.

The strike by Satawu and Utatu started three weeks ago after the

unions rejected a 5% wage increase offer by Prasa.The rail agency later revised

the offer to 10%. Utatu accepted it, but Satawu members remained on strike,

demanding 13%.

Prasa last week said it was waiting for a phone call from Satawu to

discuss the situation. The union was not immediately available for comment this



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