Transnet SOC Ltd says that it has suspended a number of employees at its Ngqura Container Terminal for engaging in illegal industrial action which has had a negative impact on port operations.
According to company’s announcement, the illegal industrial action, which is being carried out by employees is having a negative impact on all customers serviced by the port, particularly the citrus and automotive customers.
Workers at the Ngqura Container Terminal have been on a protracted “go-slow” and operations at the Durban Container Terminal have also been affected by equipment failure and a high-level of absenteeism. Furthermore, a decline in performance levels at the Cape Town Container Terminal has been noted.
Transnet has established a daily command centre manned by national and local leadership to closely monitor performance.
The company adds that amongst a list of demands, workers are demanding an incentive.
According to a statement, Transnet is continuously engaging with customers to communicate business continuity plans including prioritising some of the urgent cargo.
“Discussions are also being held with labour with a view to normalise port operations, while the impact on the economy has not yet been quantified,” Transnet says.