693 - 05/10 - Strike Action - South Africa
Both trade unions SATAWU (South African Transport and Allied Workers Union) and UTATU (United Transport and Allied Trade Union) have been granted a certificate to proceed with a protected strike on a no work no pay basis. For the unions to strike, forty eight hours notice is required. It is expected that a strike will start at 0001 on Monday 10th
May. As both unions have obtained certificates to strike at the same time, around 85% of the labour force within Transnet will be affected.
Transnet controls large parts of the overall transport chain in South Africa and the following departments are to be directly impacted:
Transnet National PortAuthority(TNPA)
- Pilots, tugs, berthing crews etc.
TransnetPort Terminals (TPT)
- Includes most major ports in South AfricaTransnet Freight Rail –
Cargo rail transport systemMetrorail
- Public transport rail systemTransnet pipelines
- National pipeline system, including fuel pipes
The impact of strikes across all departments listed above could be very significant and Members are encouraged to contact local Agents and Correspondents to ascertain the latest information should they have vessels bound for South Africa.
Source of information:
Michael Head & Alan Reid
P&I Associates (Pty) Ltdhttp://www.pandi.co.za