JOHANNESBURG – Transnet said on Thursday that it has suspended a number of its employees at its Ngqura Container Terminal in Port Elizabeth for engaging in an illegal industrial action which has had a negative impact on port operations.
The state-owned freight and rail company said the illegal industrial action was having a negative impact on all customers serviced by the Port of Ngqura, particularly the citrus and automotive customers.
Workers have been on a protracted "go-slow" at the Ngqura Container Terminal since last week, and operations at the Durban Container Terminal have also been affected by equipment failure and high-level absenteeism.
The go-slow by Transnet workers has seen exports and imports hit hard by the delays at the container terminals.
Truck drivers are forced to wait up to 18 hours before dropping off or fetching goods at the ports, leaving the automotive, citrus, meat, textiles and electronic goods all stuck in transit.