Ports brace for nationwide strike

Jun 24, 2005
Author: P&S

South African ports and associated services are bracing themselves for a nationwide strike that has been called by COSATU (Congress of South African Trade Unions), which is likely to affect in some way the working of all ports and terminals.

According to a communication issued by the South African Transport & Allied Workers Union (SATAWU), it fully supports COSATU’s call for a nationwide protest against what is describes as ‘the crisis of job losses’ and has given its full support for the national stay away on Monday (27 June).

“We also believe that business and government need a consistent reminder to act on this crisis and to be more committed to finding a sustainable solution. We therefore support fully the national stay away for next Monday and will ensure that the country halts to a standstill by withdrawing transport services at the time scheduled for this action.”

A port official said today that although workers at the terminals are indicating their willingness to attend work on Monday they feared intimidation and it was expected that terminal operations would be adversely affected.

“We will only know for sure early on Monday morning, about half an hour after the first shift is due to begin,” he said.


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