Members of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) from the three agencies responsible for operating Tshwane city’s Areyeng BRT system will hold a protest march to the city’s headquarters on Friday.
< p>“Our demand is simple: workers are demanding that the city of Tshwane ensure they receive transportation allowances,” said Hlanganani union regional secretary Jerry Morulane.
“We would like to thank the Commuters and the public apologize for the inconvenience March may cause. We want them to understand that our members have no choice but to resort to protest actions. They have long raised demands for flat rate transport and safe, reliable transport and have been ignored.”
The union said the flat rate transport is a burning issue for members of Tshwane Rapid Transit (TRT ), Tshwane Affected Operating Investments (TAOI) and Extremetec. The agencies fall under Areyeng and provide services including operating the stations, drivers and buses, and operating the automated fare collection system. The city manages the project.
“Workers start their shift at 4am and finish after 9pm. It’s virtually impossible to get reliable transport at this time and to make matters worse, it’s not at all safe, especially for female workers. This isn’t just about money. It’s a matter of life and death,” Morulane said.
The march was scheduled to start at around 10:00 am from the corner of Kgosi Mampuru and Madiba Streets and lead to Tshwane House.
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