Union calls for stay-away

2015-09-24 06:00

THE Congress of the South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has called for a stay-away in Pietermaritzburg on 7 October in support of the national strike action by the union.

Umgungundlovu Cosatu chairperson, Chief Dlamini, said they are calling all workers to join forces as there will be various marches across the country in support of the national day of action.

“We call all workers to join the national stay-away as there will be buses commuting workers to a provincial march to be held at Curries Fountain in Durban. We are fighting against worker exploitation. We are concerned about retrenchments that are rife in the country, including unfair dismissal.

“We are also against the ‘casualisation’ of employees as they work for years without becoming permanent workers. Another critical issue is the outsourcing of workers by companies. Many workers work for companies, but are not employed by them. We feel that employers are exploiting the working class.”

Dlamini further raised concerns about the public transport system saying many workers lose their lives in public transport accidents.

“We want safe, affordable transport. Workers contribute a lot towards the country’s economy, yet they are exploited every day. Through the march we want to say ‘no’ to exploitation, ‘no’ to unfair retrenchments and dismissals and ‘no’ to casualisation of our workers. Lastly we want to say ‘no’ to labour brokers as we believe that workers cannot reap the fruit of their labour while they are still around. We are calling all workers to support us as we down tools.”

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