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Non-striking Transnet workers’ houses stoned as Numsa vows to intensify strike

On Wednesday, Numsa organised a mass meeting in Port Elizabeth where it vowed to intensify action against Transnet. The union, which does not have enough representation to be recognised at Transnet, organised a five weeks-old strike at the Ngqura Container Terminal. In the early days of the strike, non-striking colleagues’ houses were attacked but the bout of attacks subsided after interventions by Transnet and the police. The new wave violence has since resurfaced on Wednesday.


Transnet has offered a reward of R100 000 to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and successful prosecution of the perpetrators. This offer still stands and we urge our colleagues and members of the public to use this opportunity.


This week, Transnet announced that as of Monday, 1 June 2014, all employees at its terminals in the Eastern Cape are now employed directly by the company. This follows a Transnet-wide decision more than six months ago to take a bold step of doing away with labour brokers in our core operations across the company. There are still 50 more vacancies to fill.


The decision follows a long consultative process especially with the leadership of our recognised unions, SATAWU and UTATU SARWHU, which started last year. As a result, a total of 304 cargo coordinators, drivers for articulated trucks which run inside the terminals, port workers and shuttle drivers, joined the company between May and June.

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