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UNTUEngineering News reports that the United National Transport Union (UNTU) is in the process of launching a Nedlac Section 77 process through its affiliated federation, the Federation of Trade Unions of SA (Fedusa).  

The aim is to allow protest action to force the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) and Transport Minister Dr Blade Nzimande to find solutions for the ongoing attacks against UNTU members employed by Prasa’s Metrorail business.  UNTU’s announcement in this regard followed another week of violent attacks on train crews, metro guards and protection services nationwide.  The Section 77 process refers to Section 77 of the Labour Relations Act, which relates to permission for protest action to promote or defend the socioeconomic interests of workers.  The latest spree of incidents included a Metrorail train driver being shot at when passing the end of the platform at Umbogintwini Station in KwaZulu-Natal, as well as a security officer being assaulted by a commuter on the same route.  Some of the most recent attacks include a train being petrol bombed and looted at Orient Hills, near Krugersdorp, and a Prasa security vehicle being shot at.

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