PRASA employees — or at least some of them — will hold a one-day strike on Friday. The United National Transport Union (UNTU) will hold marches in several cities “to fix our trains”. The organisation has several concerns, mostly relating to the safety of employees in an environment where Metrorail security has broken down.
The National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) has granted UNTU’s umbrella union FEDUSA a Section 77 certificate to proceed with the strike.
In a statement at the end of May, UNTU said that NEDLAC had to grant the union permission to strike because negotiations for improved safety of railway employees had “reached the end of the road”.
FEDUSA and UNTU’s concerns are: