For Immediate Release,
07th October 2022
UPDATE ON TRANSNET STRIKE
The South African Transport and Allied Workers (SATAWU) and the United National Transport Union (UNTU) attended a meeting with Transnet management today with the intention to engage and finalise the picketing rules for the protected strike action that UNTU has embarked on already and the combined protected industrial action that labour (SATAWU AND UNTU) will be embarking upon as a united front.
Unfortunately, Transnet management is still adamant that they want to frustrate labour, union members and the application of the LRA requirements and has refused to engage on establishing picketing rules as required by the LRA.
Furthermore, Labour has expressed great concern regarding the media statements and communication issued by the employer to the members and the workers, regarding the legality of the strike action, threats of disciplinary action and dismissal of employees. We have warned the employer to cease this under handed misleading activities and communication to our members.
Today, the 7th of October, the labour court dismissed the urgent interdict application on the strike which Transnet alleges is unprotected. The strike is continuing on Monday as planned, however, as a result of the picketing rules not being agreed to by Transnet Management, we are allowed to gather peacefully outside Transnet premises without picketing rules as parties are still in dispute. The parties have further agreed to meet with the CCMA commissioners on Monday with regards to Section 150 conciliation in regards to the wage dispute and to address the unreasonable refusal of Transnet to agree on picketing rules.
Issued by UNTU and SATAWU