29 December 2012
UTATU SARWHU, the rail union of which Mr JP du Plessis- the
train driver stabbed to death on Christmas Day - was a member, has called for
armed guards to be employed on urban commuter trains.
General Secretary, Steve Harris said rail workers and more
particularly train drivers cannot be asked to put their lives on the line each
day when they report for work.
They have to be protected. Harris adds that this is not a
panic call on their part.
Sad experience has
shown that the lives of commuter train drivers and their support personnel are
under constant threat from gangsters and even from commuters when there are
The union will formally demand armed protection on selected
trains when it meets with Metrorail’s group chief executive, Lucky Montana, on the
3rd of January to discuss the murder of Mr du Plessis and safety issues going
Thee union compliments Metrorail and its senior executives
for their sensitive handling of Mr du Plessis’s murder thus far.
Fedusa, the labour federation to which UTATU SARWHU belongs,
has added its considerable weight to its affiliate’s calls for armed guards to
be employed to protect rail workers.
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