18 June 2014

South Africa: Cosatu to Strike Against Metro Increases

Johannesburg — THE Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) is planning a strike to pressure Metrorail to improve services in Western Cape.

According to national spokesman, Patrick Craven, this follows the breakdown in negotiations between COSATU Western Cape and Metrorail.

"The strike is designed to pressure Metrorail to improve services and not increase their fares until the improvements are done," said Craven.

COSATU has called on Metrorail to delay these fare increases until these new measures are implemented.

He said for COSATU, an improved Metrorail service would reduce the necessity for workers to use additional funds when trains are cancelled and/or delayed.

COSATU has referred the date for the proposed action to Nedlac in terms of Section 77 of the Labour Relations Act (LRA), for authorisation which will ensure this is a protected strike and covers members and non-members of the federation.

COSATU has referred this matter to CEO Lucky Montana and the new Minister of Transport to assist to resolve the matter in a manner that takes into account worker's needs.

"COSATU is aware that billions of Rand was used to spend on increasing facilities on airplanes, and public transport for workers should also be treated with the same regard as was done for the wealthy," Craven said.

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