Cosatu eases Metrorail workers’ concerns around disciplinary action

The union received complaints from workers who were threatened because they were late for work.

A Metrorail passenger train arrives at Mutual Station in Cape Town. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says businesses across Cape Town promised not to take disciplinary action against workers affected by train delays, cancellations and disruptions.

The trade union federation says it has received hundreds of complaints from members who had been threatened by their employers, because they were late for work.

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It says its officials have met with Metrorail and the Cape Chamber of Commerce today to discuss the matter.

Cosatu Western Cape Secretary Tony Ehrenreich says the union federation's encouraged that business will not be deducting wages as a result of delays and cancellations on the rail service.

He says despite a Metrorail briefing on a plan to fix the situation, Cosatu is still concerned.

"We're not happy with the urgency applied and we want more resources allocated to the Western Cape."

Metrorail's Richard Walker says the rail operator alerts all major businesses when there are disruptions.

"We request them to please be patient with the employees who are affected by the delays."

Walker adds commuters affected by delays can also collect notes at all stations.