Ports & Ships Maritime Breaking News

Apr 29, 2010
Author: Terry Hutson


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PORT STRIKE SET TO GO AHEAD

In breaking news Thursday (29 April), SATAWU (South Africa Transport & Allied Workers Union) says it has received a mandate to go ahead with a strike from 10 May 2010 affecting all of Transnet divisions.

Satawu said it expects that another trade union, UTATU will have completed its mandating process by Friday morning and will announce that it too is joining the strike. All indications are that UTATU will also receive a full mandate, said Satawu.

Further details of the impending strike are expected tomorrow (Friday) after the two unions hold a press conference in Johannesburg.

The unions concerned jointly represent 85% of the 50,000 workers employed by Transet across all of its divisions and at head office – Transnet Port Terminals, Transnet National Ports Authority, Transnet Freight Rail, Transnet Rail Engineering, Transnet Pipelines and Transnet Capital Projects.

Although the strike will affect all divisions, on past experience the divisions most affected and targeted are likely to be the two Durban Container Terminals and other Transnet terminals in the country’s main port, and the national freight rail division.

The planned strike is in regard to wage demands being made by the unions.



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