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SATAWU to protest against violation of workers' rights

9 October 2017

South African Transport and Allied Workers' Union (SATAWU) in solidarity with the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) will stage two protests against the world's fastest growing stevedoring company - International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI).

ICTSI has grown ambitiously over the past decade and currently operates 30 container terminals globally. It now seeks to expand its footprint in Africa and has already set up offices in Cape Town. However, along with its fast-paced growth, a pattern of worker rights violations throughout its global network has emerged.

A report launched by ITF today has revealed a pattern by ICTSI of paying poverty wages; failing to respect workers' right to freedom of association; poor safety standards that put workers' lives at risk; and illegally outsourcing jobs to labour brokers.

In response to the damning report, ITF affiliates within ICTSI's global terminals and shipping routes, are taking part in worldwide actions to push back against injustice and ensure the company complies with local labour laws and international labour conventions. The South African leg of the action consists of two demonstrations:

1. 10 October, 2017 - SATAWU and ITF picket outside ICTSI offices in Cape Town, 1st Floor Cape Town Convention Towers, corner Heerengranht and Coen Steytler Avenue. 12 pm.
2. 18 October, 2017 - SATAWU and ITF picket directed at the Madagascan government authorities attending the Ports Evolution conference at the Durban International Convention Centre. 9 am. Copies of the report on ICTSI will be distributed.

Protestors will hand over a letter to ICTSI management demanding an immediate stop to the violation of workers' rights globally. They will also demand the reinstatement of 43 dock workers who were unfairly dismissed for joining a union while working at Port Toamasina, Madagascar.

SATAWU and the international federation have also written a letter to Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi, calling on him to prevail to the government of Madagascar to immediately reinstate the 43 dock workers and commit to ensuring rights for all workers in that country.

For more information contact:

Cape Town:
Xolani Mestile, SATAWU Western Cape Acting Provincial Secretary
078 299 8458 / xolanimestile@gmail.com or

Thulani Dlamini, SATAWU National Maritime Coordinator
084 222 6796 / Thulani@satawu.org.za

General queries:
Zanele Sabela, SATAWU Media Officer
079 287 5788 / 011 403 2077 / info@satawu.org.za