The state-owned freight-transport company says any industrial action is illegal, as trade union Untu has not followed Labour Relations Act prescripts. Transnet said it is aware that some employees across its operations are embarking on “illegal strike action following non-resolution in the ongoing wage negotiations”.
“Since tabling an initial offer, Transnet has made concerted efforts by improving its wage offer a further four occasions, in spite of the operational and financial challenges facing the organisation, understanding fully the impact any strike action would have on employees, industry and the economy.
“Any strike action taking place presently is illegal and unprotected, as one of its unions, the United National Transport Union (Untu) has not followed the prescripts as set down in the Labour Relations Act prior to embarking on [the] strike. As at 8:00 on Thursday, 06 October 2022, reports have been received verbal communication that all ports in South Africa are currently closed due to strike action. Durban Container Terminals have issued a notice that operations at Pier 1, Pier 2 and DRT have been impacted because of the industrial action. All appointment slots have been suspended until further notice. Credit Business Day and Industry sources.