Metrorail workers to strike in CT today

The industrial action relates to train delays, employment contracts & outsourcing.

FILE. The industrial action is being led by the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu). Picture: Wikimedia Commons.

CAPE TOWN - It remains to be seen if a strike among some Metrorail workers in the Western Cape will severely disrupt train services today.

The industrial action is being led by the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) and relates to grievances over employment contracts and outsourcing, among other issues.

Satawu's Thembela Dakuse says, "We're striking against managers at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) that do not have the best interests of Prasa at heart. We have seen trains that are not running according to schedule for a very long time. We've presented them with solutions to that, but none of them have taken it seriously."

The union has called an indefinite strike.

But the rail operator's Richard Walker says they applied for an interdict yesterday.

"Late yesterday afternoon we applied for an urgent application at the Labour Court for the strike to be interdicted and we were granted that interdict probably just around 9pm, so the strike has been declared illegal and unprotected."

Meanwhile, Metrorail management has assured commuters train services will run as per normal today.

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