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Africa was facing a strike by the unions, representing more than 85 000 people. After consulting government and key customers, the Transnet board had chosen to cut away those of its businesses not associated with freight transport after the government, its sole shareholder, had given it a mandate to reduce the cost of doing business.
The memorandum given by the unions to Alec Erwin, the Minister of Public Enterprises stated that they were embarking on rolling mass action in protest against “unilateral decision-making, unilateral implementation, undermining and disrespecting labour and its members”. It said: “Labour wishes to place on record the following: We remain ideologically opposed to privatisation of strategic public assets which can benefit the masses of our people, the workers and the economy as ...