Concern grows over Cosatu's Metrorail strike

Western Cape MEC of Transport Donald Grant says the economy is already under enormous pressure.

Cosatu in the Western Cape plans to embark on a strike against Metrorail’s fare increases and poor services next week.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape transport MEC Donald Grant has cautioned the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in the Western Cape over its plans to call a strike next week.

The trade union federation is unhappy over Metrorail's hike in ticket prices, scheduled to be implemented next month, as well as the quality of train services in Cape Town.

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.

Grant says South Africa's economy is already under enormous pressure and hopes Cosatu will abandon its strike.

"The strike means people won't be able to access work properly. It's a matter of Metrorail talking to their customers."

But Cosatu's Tony Ehrenreich says this strike must go ahead as commuters suffer on a daily basis.

"The extent of the dysfunction of the system at the moment means that workers have to spend additional time, adding insult to injury. Workers have to put pressure not only on Metrorail but on the ministry of transport to intervene."