Cosatu calls off Metrorail strike

Cosatu planned to embark on a one-day strike tomorrow against a hike in ticket prices.

Cosatu's planned one-day strike against Metrorail's hike in ticket prices has been called off. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has called off a planned strike and protest march against Metrorail in the Western Cape.

The trade union federation had planned to embark on a one-day strike tomorrow in protest against plans by Metrorail to hike ticket prices.

Daily, weekly and monthly fares are set to go up from next month countrywide.

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.

The trade union federation is also unhappy over the quality of train services in Cape Town.

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

But the union was forced to cancel the action after it failed to secure a certificate for a legally protected march.

Cosatu's Mike Louw says the union will now try and engage with the train company to discuss various issues.