Transnet halts port strike with interdict

Transnet has managed to order Ngqura’s striking port staff back to work.


Transnet confirmed this morning that it had obtained a court interdict to stop the illegal strike action by employees at the Ngqura Container Terminal.

It comes after workers embarked on a go-slow two weeks ago because of the alleged non-payment of incentive bonuses.

The statement added that “the interdict also orders workers to increase performance levels at the port”.

Transnet said that operations had been “disrupted by malicious radio interference” and that “since the suspension of 11 employees last week, radio interference has stopped and operational performance has improved”.

Throughput levels at Durban and Cape Town’s container terminals, affected by the ripple effect of Ngqura’s go-slow as shippers sought alternative exit points for their goods, are also said to have improved.

The parastatal furthermore committed itself to working around the clock to find solutions, including prioritising urgent cargo. “We are continuing to refine our contingency plans in order to minimise the impact to the economy,” said Mohammed Mahomedy, acting group chief executive.

The statement didn’t say anything about the 11 employees that were suspended, or the likely outcome of its intended action against them.



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