Metrorail strike into fifth day

THERE is still no end in sight to the Cape Town train strike, which enters its fifth day today .

THERE is still no end in sight to the Cape Town train strike, which enters its fifth day today .

Although Metrorail says the service is "back to normal", less than half the city's trains were running yesterday.

On Wednesday night, a commuter died and four others were injured when they fell off an overcrowded train.

In another incident, a cable theft in Nyanga delayed the Cape Town to Khayelitsha trains yesterday.

The Fedusa-affiliated United Transport and Allied Trade Union (Utatu) wants a 9,5percent increase, even though the majority union in the sector - the Cosatu-affiliated South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) - accepted Metrorail's 8percent wage offer last week.

Utatu assistant general secretary Tshidiso Plaaitjies said: "We don't reach agreements based on who the majority union is."

Striking Utatu members at Cape Town's central taxi rank yesterday slammed Satawu for the pay deal.

A train driver said Metrorail's plan to do away with overtime could cost each driver between R4000 and R5000 a month.

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