Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 20 May 2010 – The strike by South African transport workers that has crippled the country’s exports and affected the mining industry may end today when labour unions receive feedback from their members on the new offer from state-owned rail, ports and pipeline operator Transnet Limited.
Clarity on the matter would be reached by this afternoon, union leaders said last night.
“We will consolidate concretely by 14h00 today,” said the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) spokesman Lubabalo Tinzi. “If five of the nine regions have said yes, the strike is over, but if they say no, we will carry on,” Tinzi added.
Satawu and the United Transport and Allied Trade Union (Utatu) received a new offer from Transnet yesterday.
Utatu general secretary Chris de Vos said the unions were back at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration around 18h00 yesterday De Vos confirmed that union representatives would consult their members today. “Depending on the mandate, we could sign this afternoon.”
The unions have been on strike at Transnet since Monday last week, and Fin24 reports that economists put the loss to the economy at anything between R1billion and R15billion.