Cosatu gives Metrorail 48 hours to reduce fares

Weekly tickets were hiked by between R3 and R7, while monthly tickets could cost up to R30 more.

Cosatu's Tony Ehrenreich about to hand memorandum of grievances to Metrorail's Richard Walker. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) gave Metrorail 48 hours to rescind train fare increases.

The trade union federation threatened mass action if the rail service provider does not scrap the increases it's made earlier this month.

Weekly tickets were hiked by between R3 and R7, while monthly tickets could cost rail commuters up to R30 more.

Cosatu's Tony Ehrenreich blasted Metrorail's fare increases during a protest at Cape Town station earlier today.

"If you don't reduce the tickets to the prices it was then we will have a fight and bring out all of our members." Ehrenreich said.

He said commuters are being forced to pay more, while the service remains unreliable.

The trade union federation handed a memorandum of grievances to Metrorail's Richard Walker.

Cosatu's unfazed by the poor turn-out at today's protest and threatened to rope in all the union's members if the demands are not met.