23 June 2014

South Africa: Cosatu Metrorail Strike Postponed 23 June 2014

press release

The COSATU strike against Metrorail for the bad state of trains and fare increases will no longer take place on 24 June 2014.

The strike is delayed upon a request from Nedlac, which has not yet issued the strike certificate for a legally protected strike. Nedlac has been requested to facilitate urgent discussions between COSATU and the Ministry of Transport on the matters that gave rise to the strike today.

COSATU maintains its view that the fare increases impose an extra burden on to commuters who, after buying a weekly ticket, often have to pay for taxis and busses for one or two days a week due to train cancellations.

This double cost must first be ameliorated by an improvement in the service, before any increases of fare can be considered. The ticket increases are also on top of the fact that workers lose money as a result of arriving at work late. We hope that this last ditch appeal to the Minister can avoid the fare increases and improve the services, so the strike can be avoided.

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