Metrorail ticket hikes to go ahead

Cosatu threated to go on a one-day strike if the tariff increases went ahead.

FILE: Metrorail says ticket price increases will go ahead despite threats of a strike by Cosatu. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Ticket price increases will go ahead despite threats of a strike by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), Metrorail said on Thursday.

The trade union federation lodged its application with the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac).

Cosatu is applying to the council to embark on a one-day legal strike.

The mass action is designed to put pressure on Metrorail to improve services and delay the hike for at least another month.

Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott says increases are crucial.

"This is a national increase that has been approved and it is below inflation. We are very conscious that the bulk of our users are economically very sensitive and therefore, our prices are leaning towards cost saving."