Rail service tops Fedusa's agenda

2013-04-05 16:04
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Pretoria - Problems at long-distance passenger rail service Shosholoza Meyl topped the agenda when trade union federation Fedusa met Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe in Pretoria, the union said on Friday.

The meeting was also attended by other players in the transport sector, including Transport Minister Ben Martins, Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) CEO Lucky Montana, and members of the United Transport and Allied Trade Union (Utatu).

After the conference, Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) general secretary Dennis George said the unions were assured by Montana, that there would not be job losses as a result of operational problems bedevilling the rail service.

"The most positive outcome of the meeting was an undertaking by Montana that there would be no job losses due to the looming crisis. We are very positive about this engagement," he said.

George said Montana had acknowledged that the long-distance train service was facing many setbacks, particularly lower usage and a low 38% on-time record.

"He [Montana] unpacked the problems as relating to insufficient and old locomotives, problems with access to the rail network, the relatively low running speed of trains on the South African network, and the operational effectiveness of the business units," said George.

Motlanthe had agreed on the necessity for a government subsidy for Shosholoza Meyl, and the deputy president had also undertaken to "carry the bags" of the transport minister when approaching National Treasury on the matter.

Read more on:    fedusa  |  prasa  |  utatu  |  dennis george  |  kgalema motlanthe  |  transport

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