Metrorail pleased with court order over Satawu's illegal strike

The rail operator last month obtained an urgent interdict to declare a Satawu-led strike illegal.

FILE: Rail commuters wait on a platform at Mutual Station in Cape Town. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Metrorail says it's pleased the courts have ruled in its favour and found the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) in contempt of court.

The rail operator last month, obtained an urgent interdict to declare a Satawu-led strike illegal.

Some workers downed tools over grievances around the employment of fixed-term and contracted colleagues, among other issues.

Days later, Metrorail returned to the courts following a spate of arson attacks on rail infrastructure.

Metrorail's Richard Walker says a ruling was made yesterday.

"Hopefully this will bring an end now to the illegal proceedings around the legality of the strike and whatever transpired afterwards, the acts of intimidation and disruption to the service. We're acting within our rights, to obtain the order and the court rule in our favour."

Incidents of vandalism and arson attacks have had a severe effect on operations, as train delays are still experienced on a daily basis.