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Thousands of South African port and rail workers will down tools over a wage dispute on Thursday, the United National Transport Union (UNTU) has announced.

UNTU General Secretary, Cobus van Vuuren, told Freight News on Tuesday that the union’s planned strike would go ahead from 12:01am on 6 October, despite Transnet’s last bid conciliation approach to the CCMA this week.

UNTU issued a strike notice circular to its members on Monday in which it said that despite the union’s best efforts, Transnet had not presented a salary increase offer that was aligned with its members’ mandates. The union represents at least 33 000 of Transnet’s 35 000 employees.

Transnet port and rail workers to strike over pay dispute | Freight News