UNITED National Transport Union general secretary Steve Harris says there will be no excuses accepted when the union and Transnet start wage negotiations for the next financial year.
Harris said he welcomed Transnet CE Siyabonga Gama’s reassurance that Transnet was in a strong financial position. According to the union, this is the first official response Gama has given on the way forward after Untu questioned him in a letter at the end of March. “The United National Transport Union welcomes written confirmation that there will be no forced retrenchments in the 2018-19 financial year,” it said.
Harris invited Gama to name the individuals who allegedly defrauded the state-owned enterprise of millions of rands and to inform the public on the progress of the prosecution. In March, the freight company reported the loss of more than R60m in cable, track and copper theft, vehicle theft and damage to property for the financial year 2015-16. This comes after Transnet clarified it was not contemplating forced retrenchments.
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