Satawu said yesterday they had been given permission to embark on a strike tomorrow. Affected ports include Durban, Richards Bay, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Saldanha Bay, Mossel Bay and East London, effectively causing a massive backlog in sea and road freight offloading.
Striking members include tug masters, pilots who bring in the ships, and chief marine engineers who maintain ships and operate engines.
On average, mariners move three ships per two-hour interval. These vessels each ferry goods worth millions of rand.
According to Satawu’s Zanele Sabela, the union served notice of the impending strike to management at the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) on Monday.