Situation calm at Gauteng train stations

Monday, April 26, 2010

Pretoria - The situation at Gauteng train stations remains calm as the Metrorail drivers' strike enters its second day.

Speaking to BuaNews on Tuesday, Metrorail spokesperson Sibusiso Ngomane said the situation was calm with 89 percent of train services on track.

He said since the strike started yesterday there were no incidences of violence reported.

On Monday, train drivers embarked on strike action, expressing their discomfort about the interventions rolled out by the management to improve efficiencies, optimize energy use and create capacity for improved reliability.

In a bid to ensure that commuters are transported to and from their destinations, contingency plans were put in place which includes recalling those workers who were on leave, to assist.

Metrorail said it was only a few train drivers affiliated to South African Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu) who were part of the strike.