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Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 11 May 2010 – The South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union is to strike for a second day today at South African rail and port operations, and will probably reject the latest wage offer from state-owned transport company, Transnet Limited.

Making the announcement this morning, spokesperson Jane Barrett said that the labour union would meet Transnet later today

Thousands of South African transport workers went on strike yesterday, threatening to cripple rail, fuel pipelines and port operations in Africa’s biggest economy. Reuters reports that the strike “’ the latest in a series of public protests before next month’s World Cup soccer tournament “’ could affect coal and iron ore exports, fuel distribution, and shipping.

The unions want a 15% pay increase, and Transnet has offered 11%.