Some Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) employees will on Friday embark on a one-day strike.
Employees affiliated to the United National Transport Union (Untu), which is part of Federation of Unions of South Africa, want the army to be deployed to the rail system and want Prasa and Transnet to be re-merged.
John Maytham chats to Prasa spokesperson Nana Zenani on the pending strike.
Some of the union members who are not affiliated with Untu will be at work, it is not a strike by all of the unions internally. That said, we are looking at a number of people that will be available for tomorrow's service and specifically analysing the numbers based on the safety-critical personnel. That is those people whose job it is to operate trains.— Nana Zenani, Spokesperson - Prasa
Our commitment is to operate a service that is similar in timetable and scheduling to the Saturday and Sunday service, that means there will be a very reduced service, but there will be some service.— Nana Zenani, Spokesperson - Prasa
She says Prasa finds itself in a very delicate position where on one hand it has to respect the rights of striking workers and on the other hand, provide a service to commuters.
So what we have done, regardless of whether or not Untu members go on strike, is design service and based on the numbers tomorrow morning, we should be able to assess.— Nana Zenani, Spokesperson - Prasa
Listen below to the full interview:
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