Transnet suspends employees over illegal ‘go slow’

The Port of Ngqura.

Transnet today announced that it had suspended a number of employees at its Ngqura Container Terminal for engaging in illegal industrial action which has had a negative impact on port operations - particularly affecting citrus and automotive customers.

“Workers at the Ngqura Container Terminal have been on a protracted “go-slow” and operations at the Durban Container Terminal have also been affected by equipment failure and a high-level absenteeism,” according to a statement released today.

“A decline in performance levels at the Cape Town Container Terminal has been noted.”

According to the statement, Transnet has established a daily command centre manned by national and local leadership to closely monitor performance.

Amongst a list of demands, workers are demanding an incentive.

“Transnet is continuously engaging with customers to communicate business continuity plans including prioritising some of the urgent cargo. Discussions are also being held with labour with a view to normalising port operations, while the impact on the economy has not been quantified yet.”

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