Cosatu threatens secondary strike

2011-02-18 00:00

COSATU yesterday threatened a crippling secondary strike if the Road Freight Employers’ Association (RFEA) fails to agree to the demands of their workers.

Workers belonging to the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) have been involved in a strike against the RFEA for the past week.

Yesterday local members of Satawu marched in solidarity with the national strike in the city centre.

A small group of demonstrators marched from Freedom Square to the Labour Department offices in Langalibalele Street where they handed over a memorandum.

The march was largely peaceful and demonstrators were orderly as a large contingent of police monitored the situation.

Fana Dlamini, the chairperson of Cosatu in Pietermaritzburg, addressed the demonstrators, saying they should not allow a situation in which their employers continue to ignore their workers’ demands.

“We encourage employees to remain on strike until petrol dries up from the pumps,” said Dlamini.

“If the employers fail to heed your demands, we as Cosatu will engage in a secondary strike.”

In a memorandum addressed to the RFEA, they called for their demands to be taken seriously. “We are not going to settle. The period of saying half a loaf is better than no loaf has long passed. We will remain on strike until the employer agrees to our demands.”

In the memorandum, they urged the Labour Department to ban labour brokers.

“This labour brokerage has created a situation where an employee has two employers, the firm owner and the labour broker,” he said.

 

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