Three men, one of whom is ticket examiner, have been arrested for allegedly defrauding Metrorail by producing counterfeit train tickets. File photo: David Ritchie

Cape Town - Cosatu in the Western Cape intends striking to pressure Metrorail not to increase its fares, the trade union federation said on Wednesday.

“Cosatu has referred the date for the proposed action to Nedlac in terms of section 77 of the Labour Relations Act, for authorisation which will ensure this is a protected strike and covers members and non-members of the federation,” Cosatu provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich said.

According to Metrorail's website the price of train tickets would increase on July 1.

“The cost of single tickets increases by 50 cents, return tickets by R1. Weekly ticket increases range between R3 and R7

while monthly tickets increase between R7 and R30,” Metrorail said in a statement on its website.

Cosatu urged Metrorail to delay increasing its fares until its services had improved.

Ehrenreich said Metrorail had indicated it was taking steps to improve its services.

“For Cosatu, an improved Metrorail service will reduce the necessity for workers to use additional funds when trains are cancelled and or delayed, and worse, workers are short-paid due to late-coming,” Ehrenreich said.

Metrorail would gain R3 million from fare increases for the month of July, which would be a huge increase for ordinary workers.

Metrorail said it would comment later. - Sapa