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3-week rail, port strike ends in South Africa

3-week rail, port strike ends in South Africa

Three weeks before the World Cup, South African port and rail workers and their employer are announcing the end of a three-week strike that saw fruit rotting on docks, reports of sabotage and concerns fuel would not reach stations.
The South African Transport and Allied Workers' Union and employer Transnet say they signed a deal Thursday for an 11 percent wage hike, plus a one-time bonus of 1 percent.
Business leaders had expressed alarm about the wide effect on the economy of a strike that slowed deliveries of fuel and goods needed by other businesses, as well as some passenger rail service.
World Cup organizers have called on South Africa's strong labor movement not to strike during the monthlong tournament that starts June 11.


Updated : 2021-03-08 15:14 GMT+08:00