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EMO Trans Bulletin 2022-33
South Africa Strike Affecting Container Operations
October 11, 2022

Dear Valued Customer,

We have been notified by Bidvest International Logistics, our partner in South Africa, as well as individual container terminal operators that a labor strike is underway in South Africa. The labor action follows a breakdown in wage negotiations between transport workers and the state-owned port and rail operator Transnet SOC Ltd.

The United National Transport Union, the majority labor group at Transnet, began the strike on October 6. The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union, the second-biggest employee group, and other smaller unions halted work yesterday.

As of today, talks are still at an impasse and the work stoppage is expected to have major impacts on the South African economy.

Read more:

South African Ports Strike Enters Sixth Day After Talks Deadlock (Bloomberg)
Strike Crimping South African Mining Exports Set to Worsen (Bloomberg)
SA risks economic 'collapse' as Transnet strike hits ports with billions on the line: business (News24 Business)

Bidvest will keep us apprised of updates as negotiations progress, and we will share those updates as they become available. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your local EMO Trans sales or operational contacts.

Sincerely,

Kennon Carter
Corporate Ocean Procurement Manager
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