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Satawu to seek legal advice after Metrorail strike interdicted

Metrorail workers are striking in Cape Town over grievances relating to outsourcing & other issues.

Metrorail workers affiliated with Satawu strike in Cape Town on 7 April 2016. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - It's understood the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) is to seek legal advice after Metrorail was granted a court interdict against a strike among some of its employees.

A small group of Metrorail workers has gathered in front of the Cape Town train station, protesting as part of the Satawu-led strike over grievances relating to outsourcing and other issues.

A protesting worker has told Eyewitness News that he's expecting more colleagues to join the demonstration.

Protesters are singing old liberation struggle songs under the watchful eye of police officers.

Satawu's Lutho Mhlontlo says they're protesting for a salary increase as well.

"We want them to employ fixed and permanent employees to become permanent, because some of them have been rendering services for over seven years."

Mhlontlo has urged protesters to push ahead with the strike, while the union seeks legal advice over a court interdict obtained by Metrorail last night.

Meanwhile, Metrorail commuters are hoping today's strike by Satawu members won't affect their travel plans later today.

Security has been beefed up with guards and police officers monitoring the protesters as well as entrances and exits.

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