For Immediate Release,
11th October 2022
THE EMPLOYER SIGNS THE PICKETING RULES
The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) met with the Transnet management, yesterday the 10th of October 2022, at the Transnet Bargaining Council following the employer’s refusal to sign the picketing rules on Friday. The union took the matter to the CCMA with the hope and intentions that the commissioner will bring the two parties together and have the rules signed.
The Minister of Labour, Minister Thulas Nxesi was also part of the meeting with the intention of bringing employer and the union to a mutual understanding and agreement. After lengthy discussions, the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union wishes to inform its members that the employer has finally signed the picketing, and the two parties are now heading for the negotiations.
The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union is more than willing to seat down with the employer, under one condition, that the employer tables a better and a reasonable offer. Embarking on a strike is not a priority to the union, because we are aware of the consequences and the negative impact the strike will have in the economy of the country, however the union had no choice as the employer was not offering what the workers want. The organisation has a responsibility to protect and to fight for its members and the organisation is committed to fight for its members and workers in all the sectors.
The two parties have also identified and agreed on picketing areas in all the provinces (attachment). We wish to encourage our members to go out in their numbers as the strike continues. We also wish to urge and to remind our members not to participate in any violence during the action.
The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union will update its members when there’s new offer on the table by the employer, until then the strike continues.
The struggle continues.
Issued by SATAWU