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PRASA steps in as union calls for payment of Autopax employees’ salaries

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th April 2018 The United National Transport Union (Untu) on Thursday demanded the South African government ensure that the employees of bus operator Autopax receive their salaries.  

Inside Metrorail’s cable theft and commuter crisis

By: News24Wire      22nd February 2018 Brazen thieves, who have effectively brought a critical rail route in Cape Town to a standstill for nearly six weeks, leaving thousands of commuters in the lurch, have become the focus of intense and unprecedented operations to squeeze out criminals who target beleaguered Metrorail's... 

Resumption of Cape Town Prasa service marred by train derailment

By: African News Agency      18th January 2018 The resumption of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) services on Thursday morning was marred when a train came off the rails along the notorious Central Line in Cape Town The train service had been suspended for nearly two weeks because of safety concerns sparked by the shooting of... 

Transnet digs heels in over revised wage offer

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th January 2018 State-owned rail, port and pipeline company Transnet has tabled a revised – and final – three-year wage offer, as the company reiterates its “difficult” financial situation since ratings agencies downgraded the country to junk status. Transnet proposed a 6.5%, 7.25% and 7.5% increase in 2018,... 

Prasa lifts supsension from UNTU members

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th December 2017 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) lifted the suspension of train drivers and metro guards of the United National Transport Union (UNTU) who refused to work under unsafe working conditions with immediate effect and agreed that no disciplinary steps will be taken against them.... 

Transport unions submit joint wage demand to Transnet

By: African News Agency      7th November 2017 The United National Transport Union (Untu) and South African Transport & Workers Union (Satawu) on Monday submitted a consolidated wage demand to Transnet for a 12% salary increase for the next three years. According to a statement, Untu wants a three-year multi-term agreement with an undertaking... 

Outa, Untu speak out against appointment of interim PRASA board 

By: Anine Kilian     14th March 2017 The United National Transport Union (Untu) does not believe the newly appointed interim board of State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) will be able to save the entity. Transport Minister Dipuo Peters on Monday announced the appointment of the interim board, which will be... 

Wage deadlock in rail sector

By: African News Agency      23rd February 2017 Wage negotiations between two transport unions and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) have deadlocked, the United National Transport Union (UNTU) said on Thursday. The union said it was demanding a 20% salary increase, while the employer was offering 3%. 

PRASA must get house in order or face collapse – Untu 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd December 2016 The United National Transport Union (Untu) has lashed out against South African railway services, including the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and Transnet, stating that it needed to provide proper service, or face “total collapse”. The union said that a number of incidences in the... 

UNTU member wins prestigious Women in Transport Award

19th October 2016 The United National Transport Union is proud to announce that Sylvia Siyo, a loyal unionist for the past seven years and the acting Ship Repair Manager in the Ship Repair Precinct in the Port of Durban, won the Women in Transport Award last night at the Durban International Convention Centre.... 

Runaway locomotive kills train driver, injures another

By: News24Wire      19th August 2016 A runaway diesel locomotive smashed head-on into a freight train and burst into flames, killing one train driver and critically injuring another, a trade union said on Friday. Train drivers Alexander Flemming and Jan Swanepoel, and train assistant Neo Jason Witkoei, were on their way from Rosmead... 

PRASA to blame for arson attacks and vandalism on trains

10th August 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) are partly to blame for the sharp increase in arson attacks and vandalism on its infrastructure due to its continued failure to increase safety on railway stations and trains, the constant delays of trains and the general lack of service delivery.... 

UNTU calls for railways police to be re-established 

By: African News Agency      1st August 2016 The United National Transport Union (UNTU) on Sunday urged the South African Police Service (SAPS) to re-establish the railway police. If the SAPS was serious about fighting the drastic increase in violent crime at railway stations across the country, it would re-establish the railway police as... 

Prasa must be held accountable for senseless killings on railways

27th July 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) must be held accountable for the senseless and barbaric killings of train crew, railway staff, security guards and commuters as it continues to ignore pleas to drastically increase its security on railway lines across the country.   This demand by... 

Bombela must conduct a forensic audit on UNTU membership

25th July 2016 The United National Transport Union demands that Bombela, the operator of the Gautrain, conduct a forensic audit to determine how the Union mysteriously “lost” more than 30 of its members since salary negotiations started in April this year. This comes after representatives from UNTU and Bombela... 

Future of Shosholoza Meyl

14th July 2016 The Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) knew how costly the long distance Shosholoza Meyl service were and that it needed funding when it was moved from Transnet to the railway operator in 2005. “Up to now Government has repeatedly stated that it will ensure that there is sufficient funding for... 

PRASA makes a promise to the widow of the train driver

14th July 2016 The Netreg Station in the Western Cape where train driver Pieter Barend (Piet) Botha (46) was shot dead on Monday, would be made safe and secure for staff and commuters. This promise was made to Botha’s widow, Tania (42), by Mr. William Steenkamp, Acting Director of the Passenger Rail Agency of... 

New transport union launched following merger

By: Natalie Greve     31st October 2014 Some two years after the merger of the United Transport and Allied Trade Union and the South African Railway and Harbour Workers Union, the newly formed entity has been officially renamed the United National Transport Union (UNTU). “[The merger of the unions] was believed by many to be a marriage... 


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