No end in sight for Metrorail strike

Metrorail in Gauteng was running at 32% capacity for a third

consecutive day as members of the South African Transport and Allied Workers’

Union (Satawu) continued a nationwide strike.

“We’re still sitting at 32%,” said Gauteng Metrorail spokesperson

Nana Zenani.

There was no sign of Satawu members returning to work, she

said.

This was despite the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa)

deciding to unilaterally implement a 10% salary increase.


Zenani said forensic investigations into the torching of four

Metrorail train coaches yesterday morning were continuing. No arrests had been

made.

Satawu challenged Prasa earlier today to name the members the

employer believed were responsible for the fire.

Gauteng provincial secretary Xolani Nyamezele said: “Satawu is

disturbed by the irresponsible and arrogant attitude that is displayed by Prasa

of vilifying the organisation and accusing it of everything that goes wrong in

their operations during the strike.”

He was responding to a statement by Prasa acting chief executive

Tumisang Kgaboesele. Kgaboesele blamed striking Satawu members for the R15

million in damages caused when a burning object was thrown into the train.

Satawu has been striking since last Monday after rejecting a 10%

wage increase offer from Prasa. It is demanding 13%.

 
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