Durban – Operations at ports around the country are expected to be shut down, on Thursday after the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) gave notice to Transnet to strike over of unfair salaries.
The Durban port which is one of the busiest in the country, will also be brought to standstill unless a wage settlement is met by Wednesday afternoon.
Workers who will be striking include pilots who bring the ships from the ocean into the port and vice versa; tug masters who assist pilots move the ships and chief marine engineers who maintain the ships and operate the engines.
Zanele Sabela, Satawu spokesperson said there are salary discrepancies between black and white mariners.
Sabela said negotiations between the union and the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) collapsed.
Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA)provides port infrastructure and marine services at the eight commercial seaports in South Africa – Richards Bay, Durban, Saldanha, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, Mossel Bay and Ngqura.
“Following the granting of the strike certificate, TNPA called on Satawu to put off the industrial action, saying it wanted to negotiate. The parties held two robust meetings but could not reach a satisfactory agreement despite the company admitting to pay discrepancies across all divisions,” Sabela said.
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