Dear Mr Mthimkulu Mashiya,
The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) writes this letter to humbly request an audience between the organisation’s negotiating team and the Transnet Bargaining Council (TBC), facilitated by an expert Commissioner on 07 October 2022.
As you are aware, the union issued its 48-hour notice to the employer through the TBC. Following the issuing of the notice of intention to embark on industrial action, the union furnished the TBC with picketing rules for the attention of the employer. According to our knowledge, the union has followed all processes and procedures as contained in various legislations such as the Labour Relations Act (LRA) and TBC Constitution.
We have learned through social media platforms that the other recognised union has opted to engage in a stay-away as opposed to industrial action in the strict sense. One of the reasons provided in their communique was that the employer did not want to entertain the union’s picketing rules. On the contrary, our understanding as SATAWU is that such processes must be concluded at the TBC hence our resolution to engage in protected industrial action no later than 10 October 2022.
Since the other union has opted to take a paradigm shift in its strategies and tactics in advancing the interests of its members, we humbly request that such variations do not affect the process between SATAWU and the Commissioner through the TBC on agreeing and/or finalising the picketing rules to be employed at our planned industrial action. It is for this reason that we humbly request for our picketing rules to be separately approved at the TBC tomorrow (07 October 2022).
We hope that the above is in order furthermore, anticipating your positive response.
Issued By SATAWU