Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Transnet strike to discontinue

The Transnet strike will not continue this week. This follows a meeting in Pretoria yesterday between four unions and public enterprises minister Alec Erwin. The government would examine the issues at hand and make proposals to deal with them by March the 20th. The unions would meet Transnet management within 10 days of consulting on the proposals. Members of the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union, the United Association of South Africa, the United Transport and Allied Trade Union and the South African Railway and Harbour Workers' Union marched in major city centres around the country yesterday. They protested against proposed restructuring plans, which they fear could lead to massive job cuts. The unions handed a memorandum to parliament, calling for an end to bad faith negotiations and guarantees that all retirement benefits in all three Transnet pension funds will be guaranteed by the new employers.

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