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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  • Muneer23 - 2012-02-29 14:01

    Here in Cape Town metrorail is always problematic, even with their staff at full capacity

  • Johana - 2012-02-29 14:02

    3000 workers in Gauteng on strike and service improved? Conclusion - fire them!

      lindz.kok - 2012-02-29 14:42

      so true sheding dead weight sure makes a difference lol

      alansmartSnr - 2012-02-29 15:23

      If only all managment in all facets of employ would only have the guts to stand fast, irrespective of loss of profit for a few weeks/months, they have the power to bring the Unions down, or at least to teach their members that the world does not turn around them.. but then, this is probably just wishfull thinking 'cos they do not have the guts or fortitude, and of course their "Fat Cat" status would take a dive. Get some b@#lls and do your country a favour. Britian did it, so can we.

  • Willie - 2012-02-29 14:32

    Poor workers are been used by union officials to fight silly political wars on their behalf.The board should deal with the issue of CEO not workers.

  • Simon - 2012-02-29 15:50

    No work no pay eish.It pains me to lose even my penny for arriving late at work.

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