CTA operations affected as workers strike
MATSAPHA – There was high security alert when Matsapha Central Transport Administration (CTA) workers embarked on a strike action calling for the implementation of the 4.5 per cent salary increment.
The CTA workers assembled in the morning hours where they were joined by Land Development and the Rural Development Association (RDA) workers from the Matsapha branches.
Mduduzi Shabangu, the Chairperson of the National Public Service and Allied Workers Union addressed them and said apart from the 4.5 per cent, they also needed protective clothing.
"We have literally grounded the CTA because even fuel attendants are with us in the strike. We will only return to work after getting what we want," he said in an interview.
The workers picketed within the premises as they sang and danced while police watched from inside the yard.
Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Paul Nkambule said the strike by workers had affected operations at the CTA.
"Workers usually register when they go to work. We are still to see how many showed up for work yesterday. We are also aware that others were intimidated to abandon work, though no official reports have been submitted to that effect.
The strike lasted the whole day.