- Hordes of stranded commuters have been left without transport today as the rail workers embark on a nation-wide strike
- Transport Minsiter Fikile Mbalula has been accused of 'creating havoc' when he announced key staff wouldn't be participating in the protest
- The union at the heart of the strike blames Mbalula for putting strain on workers who intended to participate
PRASA has announced the implementation of a reduced schedule while rail workers engage in national protest action.
The entity says this schedule will have a 'major impact' on Metrorail commuters, with the United National Transport Union says the industrial action will force the state to turn things around, reports IOL.
PRASA spokesperson Nana Zenani commented on the issue, saying that the protests will definitely impact services:
“As the mass action could have a major impact on the service, Prasa is planning to run a reduced service in the form of a Saturday or Sunday service time table."
Meanwhile, UNTU spokesperson Sonja Carstens says that Fikile Mbalula caused chaos at the entity:
“Managers of Prasa intimidated members of Untu by calling them into an office one-by-one to hear if they will participate today. This comes after the newly-appointed Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula misled the media and created havoc among trains crews and train control officers when he announced that ‘critical staff’ won’t be participating."
Carstens feels that this has adversely affected the planned protests, commenting that:
“It is clear that the newly-appointed minister has not been correctly informed by his advisers. The result of his misleading statement, however, has a devastating effect on our protest action as our members now believe they will be fired if they were to participate in the protest action."
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