The provincial department of Economic Development is hoping that the ongoing Transnet strike won’t affect operations at the local ports and container terminals.

Workers across the country downed tools on Monday, over a wage dispute.

They are demanding around a 13.5% pay hike, while the employer is offering 4%.

The employer’s offer has been rejected by the unions.

Western Cape MEC, Mireille Wenger, says the parties need to reach an agreement as soon as possible.

“The Western Cape Government, through its Department of Economic Development and Tourism, has offered support in helping ensure that these Business Continuity Plans are implemented and that effected businesses receive information, so that exporters and importers continue to ship over this time. In the end, it’s our citizens will suffer the consequences of a disruptive strike, especially the thousands of residents employed in the agriculture sector.”


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