Union calls for suspension of Metrorail services amid coronavirus pandemic
The United National Transport Union (UNTU) is calling on Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula to suspend all train services to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.
The union, which represents about 6,000 workers at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, wants services at Metrorail suspended until 14 April 2020.
Joanne Joseph speaks to UNTU general secretary Steve Harris about their proposal to the minister.
At this point in time, we have an excess of about 200 on a train and the travels take about an hour plus due to cable theft.Steve Harris, General secretary - UNTU
These people are squashed in and there is no space between the people and some are hanging on the side of the train.Steve Harris, General secretary - UNTU
Harris says they have not been provided with face masks, gloves or sanitizers.
There is nothing available, they stated that they will be buying these off the shelves.Steve Harris, General secretary - UNTU
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