Transnet to repair workers' homes

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Johannesburg - Transnet will repair the houses of workers damaged during a strike by Numsa at the Ngqura Container Terminal in the Eastern Cape, the parastatal said on Monday.

“We are pleased to advise our colleagues that Transnet has undertaken to repair the damaged houses of all our colleagues who chose not to heed the... call to strike at Ngqura Container Terminal,” general manager of Eastern Cape terminals Siyabulela Mhlaluka said in a statement.

“For those colleagues who have already fixed damages to their properties, Transnet will cover the cost of repairs.”

The homes of three non-striking workers were stoned and petrol-bombed on April 29, allegedly by striking National Union of Metalworkers of SA members.

The strike was related to disputes over transport allowances, working hours for particular tasks, and the use of labour brokers.

Mhlaluka said the parastatal would protect the rights of workers who chose not to join the Numsa-organised strike.

“It also signals our resolve to stand firm in the face of such intimidatory tactics and violence.”

Mhlaluka said non-striking workers had reportedly being intimidated.

Transnet would institute disciplinary measures against any employee implicated in the violence.

“To ensure that perpetrators of these violent acts are brought to justice, Transnet made available a R100 000 reward for information that may lead to the arrest and successful prosecution of the perpetrators,” he said.


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