Union joins Transnet strike

2010-05-11 15:10

The United Transport and Allied Trade Union (Utatu) will join the

Transnet strike from tomorrow, the union’s general secretary, Chris de Vos,


“Our members declined Transnet’s (wage increase) offer of 11%. They

demand 15%,” said De Vos.

He said the union hoped the issues could be resolved soon: “The

country cannot afford this and our members cannot afford the no work, no


Jane Barrett, policy research officer for the South African

Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu), said it was pleased that Utatu had

decided to rejoin the strike.

Satawu said it expected that “wherever there is still any limited

movement of goods and fuel by Transnet, this will be totally shut down by this


Transnet spokesperson, John Dludlu, said Transnet could only

comment on the matter after the meeting with the unions scheduled for this


Barrett said that the meeting was “only procedural; an update on

what the mandates are”.

She did not expect the status quo to change as the meeting was not

aimed at furthering negotiations.

“Should they want to start negotiations at that meeting, we are

available for it,” explained De Vos.

There were reports of violence and intimidation since the strike

started yesterday, especially in Durban.

“We have applied for a court interdict

and we feel that we have provided ample evidence that proves that there is

intimidation and violence,” said Dludlu.

Dludlu said that security had been increased in light of the

expected increase in the number of strikers tomorrow.

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