Cosatu to strike against Metrorail price hikes

The trade union has lodged an application with Nedlac to strike from 24 June.

Cosatu has unveiled plans to embark on a strike against Metrorail's price hikes. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in the Western Cape has announced it will embark on a strike against Metrorail's fare increases and poor services.

The trade union has lodged an application for strike action with the National Economic Development and Labour Council.

As of July, train commuters can expect to pay between 50 and 80 cents more for their daily tickets, weekly tickets will cost between R3 and R7 more, while monthly tickets will go up by between R7 and R30.

Cosatu's Tony Ehrenreich says the union is planning to strike from 24 June.

He says the trade union will still continue to engage with the rail company in an attempt to find a solution.