Satawu suspends Metrorail strike after failing to overturn interdict

Striking Metrorail workers have promised to return to their posts today following an illegal strike yesterday.

FILE. The transport union called the indefinite strike over issues relating to outsourcing, among other things. Picture: Primedia.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) is to challenge a court interdict obtained by Metrorail to prevent a strike among some of its employees.

The transport union called the indefinite strike over issues relating to outsourcing, among other things.

But it has now suspended the industrial action after the rail operator secured a Labour Court interdict.

Dozens of Satawu-affiliated Metrorail workers embarked on an illegal strike yesterday.

At the Cape Town train station, police officers and private security guards kept a watchful eye on demonstrators.

Satawu leaders tried to overturn an interdict obtained by Metrorail, but failed.

Workers vowed to return to work today, but Metrorail regional manager Richard Walker says they may face consequences.

"Employees will be allowed to come back to work but obviously in terms of the unprotected strike action, the company reserves the right to take the necessary correctional action."

It's still unclear what action will be taken against striking workers.