For Immediate Release
MEC VADI CONDEMNS ACTS OF INTIMIDATION FROM STRIKING GAUTRAIN WORKERS
The Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Dr Ismail Vadi, today urged Bombela Operating Company (BOC) workers who have embarked on a strike action, to act within confinement of the law and refrain from any acts of criminality, intimidation or sabotage.
MEC Vadi said ‘’It has come to my attention that striking workers at the Gautrain Depot today stopped buses from exiting the Gautrain Depot. These buses were meant to accommodate certain passengers during peak times. This I’m told interfered with the contingency plan that was put in place by BOC to ensure that passengers are not too inconvenienced by this strike.
I would like to remind the Gautrain’s striking workers that ‘whilst I respect any worker’s right to strike, they must equally respect the law and be cognisant to the fact that their non-striking colleagues have a right to work without any intimidation. Acts of violence, criminality or damage to any public property will not be tolerated.
I would like to apologise to Gautrain passengers for the inconvenience caused to them by this strike action and hope that BOC and UNTU (the recognised trade union) will reach an agreement soon.
Issued by: Dr Ismail Vadi, MEC for Roads and Transport
Contact: Dr Barbara Jensen, Senior Executive Manager: Communication and
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