Ntuthuko warns public transport permit holders
MANZINI – The Minister of Public Works and Transport, Ntuthuko Dlamini, said government will repossess public transport permits on Monday from striking public transport owners.
The minister was responding to the news that the Swaziland Transport and Allied Workers Union (STAWU) wants to stage a two-day strike action every week, on Mondays and Fridays, as a build up to their proposed strike from ã€€May 29 to June 8 2012.
The minister said the ministry has been carrying out its investigations pertaining the sporadic boycotts that have surrounded the relocation of transport to the Satellite bus rank, and a list of 15 public transport operators have been fingered to be the ringleaders.
Dlamini said on Monday the permits will be repossessed from striking public transport operators.
STAWU, in its meeting on Wednesday said their strike will start today, and continue on Monday leading up to a major strike on May 29.
"The permits that they have in their possession are still properties of government, and on Monday we will repossess them from those who continue to boycott commuters because it seems like they no longer want to serve commuters. What we are seeing is a case of commuters going to the bus rank to be serviced, however the providers of transport refuse to perform their duty," said Dlamini. He added that a strike action by public transport operators would be the last step.
"It is early to think of the intended strike action now because there are many steps to be taken before they can embark on a strike action," said Dlamini.
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