Transnet Acts On Industrial Action

Transnet SOC Ltd, has suspended a number of employees at its Ngqura Container Terminal for engaging in illegal industrial action which has had a negative impact on port operations.

The illegal industrial action, which is being carried out by employees is having a negative impact on all customers serviced by the port, particularly the citrus and automotive customers.

Workers at the Ngqura Container Terminal have been on a protracted “go-slow” and operations at the Durban Container Terminal have also been affected by equipment failure and a high-level of absenteeism. Furthermore, a decline in performance levels at the Cape Town Container Terminal has been noted.

Transnet has established a daily command centre manned by national and local leadership to closely monitor performance. Amongst a list of demands, workers are demanding an incentive. Transnet is continuously engaging with customers to communicate business continuity plans including prioritising some of the urgent cargo. Discussions are also being held with labour with a view to normalise port operations, while the impact on the economy has not yet been quantified.

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