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Cosatu to strike over poor Metrorail & bus services in CT

The federation says it has little option but to strike as unreliable services are costing workers their jobs.

Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in the Western Cape says it's been left with little option but to call a strike for tomorrow over poor Metrorail and bus services.

The trade union federation says unreliable services are costing workers their jobs.

Cosatu's Tony Ehrenreich says, "After months of negotiations to remedy the situation and Cosatu making no progress with the City of Cape Town or Metrorail, Cosatu has decided to stage a protest against the bad state of affairs, to demand an improved public transport service to the Cape Flats."

But Metrorail's Richard Walker says the rail agency is continuously trying to improve services, but ongoing vandalism isn't helping.

"We are saying that Cosatu, as part of its demonstrations, should condemn acts of vandalism to change the hearts and minds of our communities to protect assets."

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Earlier this month, Public Transport Voice, a civil society group, held a picket outside Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) offices in Cape Town, to protest a looming train fare hike.

The group also wants national government to assist in the upgrade of all train stations, improve on-board safety and engage in more consultation with commuters.

Metrorail has been hit by a series of arson attacks over the past few months.