Cosatu postpones Metrorail strike in Cape Town

Commuters walk along the tracks to get to Cape Town station. (Adiel Ismail, Fin24)
Commuters walk along the tracks to get to Cape Town station. (Adiel Ismail, Fin24)

Cape Town – Cosatu on Tuesday postponed its planned strike against Metrorail and the City of Cape Town on Wednesday, after it was deemed illegal.

Thousands and trade federation members were planning on holding a protest in front of Metrorail’s offices on the Foreshore in Cape Town.

However, Cosatu provincial secretery Tony Ehrenreich said they would now have to postponed the strike to protect its members’ job security.

Ehrenreich said Cosatu will now be going on strike on July 12 2016.

He criticised the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac), who he believed would allow the protest after a meeting with them. He accused the body of hiding behind technicalities imposed on it by business interests.

Cosatu’s members have been at loggerheads with the city and transport units over poor bus and rail services since June 2015, when Cosatu filed a section 77 notice linked to the bad state of public transport in the Western Cape in June 2015.

“We have followed the required procedures that give us the right to go on a protected action,” said Ehrenreich. “The timelines in terms of the Nedlac protocol has long been exceeded. And we filed our section 77 1 d notice on 4 May 2016, well within the timelines."

He said Cosatu "now serves formal notice to Nedlac that we want the Section 77 process clarified by the Executive, and that we will be going on strike on the 12 July 2016 with no further delays".



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