Cosatu to protest brokers and GP tolls

2012-03-05 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Cosatu’s nationwide strike on Wednesday could cost up to R8,2 billion. The labour federation is threatening the country’s biggest strike ever.

National spokesperson Patrick Craven said 32 marches will be held, with the ones in Cape Town and Johannesburg set to be the largest.

Cosatu Western Cape leader Tony Ehrenreich said he expects 30 000 strikers in Cape Town.

The strike is against labour brokers, which Cosatu wants banned outright, and the Gauteng freeway tolling system.

Craven said they expect an even bigger march in Johannesburg. He said that if the government does not give in on the two issues, the federation will consider another strike. General secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has previously threatened a second strike on April 30, the date the Gauteng toll system is due to come into effect.

Ehrenreich said emergency workers are excluded from the strike, but other state employees, including teachers, will participate. Economist Mike Schüssler, of economists.co.za, said a strike that paralysed the whole economy could cost R8,2 billion, but because “petrol stations and at least a few shops” will be open, the costs will be lower, he said. — Own Correspondent.

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