Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 21 May 2010 – The national strike by South African transport workers that has crippled the country’s exports and affected the mining industry will continue today as labour unions consult with their members over their latest offer.
Revealing this here in a phone interview with Bloomberg News, South African ports and rail operator Transnet Limited spokesman Mboniso Sigonyela said the company was scheduled to meet with union representatives in Johannesburg at 1 p.m. to discuss the offer.
“Members of the United Transport and Allied Trade Union (Utatu) are likely to accept the deal,” said union President George Strauss.
Zenzo Mahlangu, general secretary of the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) “’ reported to have rejected the offer yesterday “’ didn’t answer his mobile phone when Bloomberg News called seeking comment.
Leaders of the two unions said last night that clarity on the matter would be reached by this afternoon.
The unions have been on strike at Transnet since Monday last week, and it’s been reported that economists put the loss to the economy at anything between R1billion and R15billion.