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Satawu threatens to strike

Members of the union yesterday marched on Prasa’s WC offices to hand over a 5-point memorandum.

Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) has given Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) seven days to respond to its demands before it threatens to down tools.

Members of the union yesterday marched on the Passenger Rail Agency's Western Cape offices to hand over a five-point memorandum.

Among their grievances, workers are calling for the removal of Metrorail regional manager, Richard Walker, amid claims of corruption and mismanagement.

They're also demanding an end to outsourcing.

The union's Luntu Sokutu said, "They are currently paying for those services but they are paying for a third party to cut the middle man and directly pay the salaries and deal with operational costs."

Walker has dismissed the allegations as malicious rumours but, he adds, management welcomes constructive engagement.

"We've been open and transparent about the finances of the organisation, saying we need to make the right decisions."