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Satawu presses for wider transport strike

Oct 08 2012 07:51

A truck that was set on fire by strikers. (Lulama Zenzile, Beeld)

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Johannesburg - Rail freight operator Transnet is bracing for a one-day strike by port and rail workers in support of a walkout by 20 000 truckers that has hit fuel supplies around Johannesburg.

Large parts of the gold and platinum mining sectors have been brought to a standstill in the last two months by a wave of wildcat labour unrest.

State-owned Transnet said on Sunday it had been served with a notice of a walkout "in a week's time" by the Satawu transport union behind the two-week trucker stoppage, but did not say when it might occur.

"We are considering the notice and will activate our contingency measures to ensure minimal disruptions should the action materialise," Transnet said in a statement.

Satawu spokesperson Vincent Masoga said wage talks between freight bosses and unions were scheduled to restart on Tuesday after breaking down acrimoniously at the end of last week, but the union was still gearing up for action.

"We've issued notices. It is going ahead. We are mobilising," Masoga said.

Top producer Anglo Platinum [JSE:AMS] fired 12 000 illegal strikers on Friday, raising fears of even more violence around the "platinum belt" city of Rustenburg although the weekend passed off largely without incident.

The mine strikes look set to knock already shaky economic growth in South Africa and have already triggered a sharp sell-off in the rand. The trucker strike, if it persists, could have a far harsher and wider effect.

Oil giant Shell said on Friday it could not honour fuel delivery contracts around Johannesburg, declaring "force majeure" to free itself and customers from existing obligations, and other petrol suppliers are holding their breath.

General Motors reported disrupted production at its plant in the southern city of Port Elizabeth.

President Jacob Zuma and the ANC have been criticised as slow to respond to the strikes, although the ANC's long-standing ties to the unions and a looming internal leadership election mean decisive action is unlikely.

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