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Close schools for national strike: Cosatu

2012-02-07 14:10

Johannesburg - Schools should close on March 7 for a national strike against labour brokers and Gauteng tolls, Cosatu said on Tuesday.

Gauteng secretary Dumisani Dakile told shop stewards in Soweto that every part of society had to be mobilised.

"Schools are a big part of this," he said.

The strike would be called off only if the government agreed to support the Congress of SA Trade Unions in doing away with labour brokers.

"We have had public hearings, we have negotiated, we have exhausted every avenue to resolve this problem, yet there is still no political will from government to resolve the problem," he said.

The idea of Gauteng tolls had to be more broadly discussed.

Dakile said the strike would be legal and that all those taking part would be protected by labour laws.

Comments
  • Henri - 2012-02-07 14:15

    Only in Africa, what is the children got to do when they strike get high and drunk !!!!

      Newsmonger - 2012-02-07 14:25

      cosatu shove ur strike up your a$$

      Kacee - 2012-02-07 14:30

      Or rape buss chairs

      Janice - 2012-02-07 14:43

      So the kids must miss another day of education, bright indeed!

      Gerhard - 2012-02-07 14:45

      If we don't keep them out of school on that day these animals will do the same thing they did last time and go around to all the schools and threaten our children's lives. I am not willing to risk my children's safety to prove a point. They will not be striking, they will be exercising self-preservation.

      Max - 2012-02-07 14:49

      Dumisani Dakile ...Another PR!CK IN THE WALL.

      Mike - 2012-02-07 14:51

      Particularly if one sees that half of school leavers are virtually illiterate!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-07 14:52

      That's it COSATU, keep the masses dumb so they remain in labour intensive jobs to continue feeding your fat families..

      George - 2012-02-07 14:53

      Striking is one of there main subjects. Now this can be classed as homework

      Willie - 2012-02-07 14:54

      THIS IS BULL DUNG ,STOP USING OUR CHILDREN FOR YOUR POLITICAL WARS

      Jay - 2012-02-07 15:27

      These kids are not old enough to vote, therefore they do not have a say! And they should not be used to make a political statement! there is a reason voting only happens at 18, and more and more I look around at kids today and strongly think this should be moved to 21.

      Ben - 2012-02-07 17:07

      I dont think the children were really considered here. Mr. Vavi has made a lot of noise lately. Blade did the same and it got him a ministers post.

      Wesley - 2012-02-07 20:27

      Cotsatu must decide if they want to creat work or destroy jobs, first alot of people will loose their jobs and then they also wants school to close and create dumb children that can't work.

  • Justin - 2012-02-07 14:15

    Why do we want the kids out in the streets protesting when they should be trying to better the level of education in this country!!!!!

      Johnny - 2012-02-07 14:32

      Sounds like the Soweto uprising all over again... kid's are gonna get hurt !

      Philemon - 2012-02-07 15:43

      Our struggle for economic emancipation must effect all sectors of our society and communities. The school children will be collateral damage.

      Garth - 2012-02-07 15:57

      @ file-anon: Stone-age mind uttering archaic socialist rhetoric. `economic emancipation' forsooth! The economy was free, your useless government then stole it. You are a mindless drone.

      J-Man - 2012-02-07 16:01

      @ Philemon - sounds more like you were 'collateral damage' in a bullfight. Define 'economic emancipation' for me, what it really means, and how it will affect SA's economy, and why it is a positive thing for you and me, then I will reply constructively to your drivel.

  • Jomah - 2012-02-07 14:16

    What has a students right to learn to do with a labour broker?

      gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-02-07 14:43

      Just Cosatu making sure the uneducated masses get to join their ranks in the future as uneducated workers. How else do you expect Cosatu to afford more bling?

      Jomah - 2012-02-07 14:53

      Dumisani Dakile stop giving me a thumbs down!

  • eloffjnr - 2012-02-07 14:17

    Labor brokers also have children. Duh! I doubt they will support it.

  • E=MC2 - 2012-02-07 14:18

    Thats right, keep the kids out of school! That'll help this country’s future...

      procold2 - 2012-02-07 14:30

      nice one E, lets teach another generation to conduct themselves like hooligans

      E=MC2 - 2012-02-07 15:36

      The thumbs down are for what exactly? I'd LOVE to know what kind of moron would condone the behaviour that Cosatu are promoting! ANCYL probably :)

  • tshinanne - 2012-02-07 14:18

    These punks have lost the plot...

      Philemon - 2012-02-07 15:54

      You probably dont live in a shack!

      Ronald - 2012-02-07 16:14

      Yes, Philemon, because he went to school and got an education!

      Lynn - 2012-02-07 16:30

      @ Philemon Are you for real. The reason people live in shacks is because they are not educated enough to get well paid jobs. Now Cosatu and people with your mentality want to teach the already out of control children how to throw the Adult South African version of a tantrum. These issues have nothing to do with education why use children to fight political battles. Stupid

  • Michelle - 2012-02-07 14:20

    Yup!! And come exam time who is gonna be blamed for failure?? The teachers?? What a crock of sh@t!!! My child will definitely be in school getting his education!!

      gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-02-07 14:44

      the previous regime of course.

      Philemon - 2012-02-07 15:55

      Take your child out of the school or we will take them out !

      Lynn - 2012-02-07 16:33

      @ Philemon. Another Classic way of throwing an African Tantrum INTIMIDATION. Just who do you think you are. So you think you have the right to tell parents to keep their kids out of school. This is the mentality that keeps the masses in the shacks.

      makesuthink - 2012-02-07 16:44

      Filemon Can you cough Then FAA COUGH

  • Bokfan - 2012-02-07 14:20

    Eff you comrade. Fight your own fight. Leave the kids who want to study out of this.

  • Craig - 2012-02-07 14:22

    Those calling for the strike did not spend enough time at school.

  • Andres - 2012-02-07 14:22

    What??? COSATU, are you morally corrupt? How can you drag minors who NEED an education into your labour disputes? What do under-18's have to do with Gauteng tolls when they can't even drive? Let their parents handle action against SANRAL, not the children who are learning for their future. I'm utterly disgusted!

  • Marion - 2012-02-07 14:22

    Cosatu... you have lost it totally on this one... leave our kids alone, they need to be educated and as it is they are getting a vrot education and are let off early at the drop of a hat so teachers can have meetings etc. How on earth will labour laws help the kids? The only thing that will help them is a good education. Think before you shout STRIKE!! As a union you guys still get paid whilst everyone else loses out big time! That said, we will not be buying an e-tag.

  • Shirley - 2012-02-07 14:23

    Cosatu must lose their "Godlike" complex and find some sense!! Where on earth do you hear schools being shut to support a strike? They have lowered the standard of education so much it cant get lower and now these morons want to keep them out of school? Obvious where Cosatu leaders were when they were supposed to be at school-because they dont have a clue! Selfish and imposing!

  • Bryan - 2012-02-07 14:23

    Please tell me what labour brokers and schools have got to do with eachother?? WTF... 1 in 6 matriculants fail maths FF sake!! I have heard brain dead comments but this takes the cake!!!

  • MissGremlin - 2012-02-07 14:24

    bloody idiots.

      George - 2012-02-07 15:07

      What els can you expect from this uneducated idiot. This is him at his best

  • rorisang.mokgethi - 2012-02-07 14:24

    hey, another public holiday for all of us...

      Andres - 2012-02-07 14:31

      Tragic when that holiday comes at the cost of the economy (therefore jobs) and our future (education of SA's children). Do you really NEED this holiday then?

      Andres - 2012-02-07 14:39

      Okay, see you gave me a thumbs down. Apologies, your personal needs trump those of all our nation's unemployed and the youth.

      makesuthink - 2012-02-07 16:48

      Hey Rorisang What is the worst four letter swear word to you WORK And it would not be a public hoilday maybe a pubic holiday for you lot

  • Napolita - 2012-02-07 14:24

    Wow....!! Suppose the labour brokers promised Cosatu to unionise their clients, would they (Cosatu) still complain? Does Casatu really care about the people who are "abused" by the labour brokers? Could it be the case that the main issue is that people who get jobs through labour brokers do not join the union(s) and hence an income "loss" to the union(s)? Sorry I probably am not adding anything to the "discussion" but I just felt I had to say something.

  • Kyle - 2012-02-07 14:25

    This is to do with adults,(although I'm not sure these people can be called that) and has nothing to do with kids in schools. We allready have problems with kids and shcool work now they want to close the schools!!!! Morons!

  • willybegood - 2012-02-07 14:26

    plonkers!

  • Christopher - 2012-02-07 14:26

    Ag shame Dumisani Dakile. You are one that I see did not attend school to often. Not too bright hey.

  • Deveshan - 2012-02-07 14:26

    Striking should be an official subject in the school syllabus...

  • Fenderbender - 2012-02-07 14:28

    Vavi put a leach on your bitch

  • Heini - 2012-02-07 14:28

    Thats the spirit! The children are our future.....Lets teach them well, and let them lead the way!! NO!!!! NOT REALLY!!!!

  • zolani.ntenge - 2012-02-07 14:30

    Come year end will Cosatu be toy toying when these students fail their exams?

  • Riegardt - 2012-02-07 14:30

    Just remember COSATU the seeds you are sowing now with regards to striking, showing discontent etc is becoming a huge bush with thorns growing uncontrollaby! Tommorrow you will complain about how difficult this bush is to control!

  • Mo - 2012-02-07 14:36

    The only people who will be losing out, are the children. So keep them in school and hopefully they'll be better leaders than what we currently have. Besides, if you not old enough to vote, you have no right to protest either!

  • Sue-Elen - 2012-02-07 14:41

    Are they gonna pay for the days leave/unpaid leave I need to take to look after my kids for the day?!?! They dont think of the complications before making decisions........

  • MattQ4 - 2012-02-07 14:41

    Yes please keep your kids out of school, my kids will still need loads of cheap labor one day :)

      Willie - 2012-02-07 14:58

      Agree---1000000000%

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-02-07 14:42

    Oh my word.... Cosatu... go join cANCer.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-02-07 14:42

    I support Cosatu on the toll gate issue but we really should leave our children out of the fight. A very powerful call for strike action would be to: * close all airports * close all petrol stations * close all toll gates

      gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-02-07 14:46

      Why impose yourself on everyone else's rights maser? Why not just stay away from them yourself?

  • Jymiro - 2012-02-07 14:44

    I support Cosatu's view on Gauteng Toll, however to get education disrupted that does not add to their good intention. Leave the teachers out of this,they must teach and the children must be in the class. Thegovernment must do away ith labour brokers.

      margyhp - 2012-02-07 15:05

      Leave labour brokers alone, they also have families and financial commitments

      dlawre30 - 2012-02-07 15:27

      Labour brokers have put plenty people into jobs. If you do away with them then you create unemployment as they will all be without jobs. Not helping the situation at all. Stop trying to bully our kids, that is just not on. Will be intersting to see what the Govt decides on this.

  • Aaron Nkosi - 2012-02-07 14:48

    I am just worried about the clossing of schools!!!!! Cant there be alternative means of showing grieviences?????

  • kseyffert - 2012-02-07 14:49

    No one can be this stupid!!! it HAS to be a joke. God help this country if it is not!

  • aardvarkie - 2012-02-07 14:54

    That's right, very clever - send the message to kids that learning at school isn't as important as rampaging through streets. Clap. Clap.

  • Willie - 2012-02-07 14:54

    Rent a crowd ! Ha ha ha !

  • Lumko Ntshinka - 2012-02-07 14:57

    No offence but i think its high time Cosatu z told 2 go screw themselves and their stupid strikes, every year its the same story, BLACK EDUCATORS PLEASE OPEN YOUR BRAINS, THIS FOOL VAVI IS GOIN TO EARN HIS THOUSANDS WITHOUT A SINGLE DEDUCTION AND HIS KIDS WHO ATTEND PRIVATE SCHOOLS UNAFFECTED WHEREAS ITS GOING TO BE THE TOTAL OPPOSITE FOR U OL.

  • Lumko Ntshinka - 2012-02-07 14:57

    No offence but i think its high time Cosatu z told 2 go screw themselves and their stupid strikes, every year its the same story, BLACK EDUCATORS PLEASE OPEN YOUR BRAINS, THIS FOOL VAVI IS GOIN TO EARN HIS THOUSANDS WITHOUT A SINGLE DEDUCTION AND HIS KIDS WHO ATTEND PRIVATE SCHOOLS UNAFFECTED WHEREAS ITS GOING TO BE THE TOTAL OPPOSITE FOR U OL.

      Gerhard - 2012-02-07 15:26

      And those who go on strike do so without pay. But Vavi will get his union subs at the end of the month anyways. Vavi has nothing to lose here as he will still be paid.

      Lumko Ntshinka - 2012-02-07 15:34

      Exactly

  • Lumko Ntshinka - 2012-02-07 14:58

    No offence but i think its high time Cosatu z told 2 go screw themselves and their stupid strikes, every year its the same story, BLACK EDUCATORS PLEASE OPEN YOUR BRAINS, THIS FOOL VAVI IS GOIN TO EARN HIS THOUSANDS WITHOUT A SINGLE DEDUCTION AND HIS KIDS WHO ATTEND PRIVATE SCHOOLS UNAFFECTED WHEREAS ITS GOING TO BE THE TOTAL OPPOSITE FOR U OL.

  • Ditantane - 2012-02-07 14:59

    this COSATU is full s**t!!!

  • margyhp - 2012-02-07 15:03

    You want to ban labour brokers.???? And then how many MORE people are going to become unemployed as a result of this, thousands... trust me. You make me sick to my stomach....

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-02-07 15:03

    WRONG!!! WRONG!! WRONG! Cosatu, do not use the youth to their detriment in this fight.They need the valuable time for education. Let's not instill the mentality of the ANCYL in them.Let the workers make the sacrifice.I will but not at the expense of a child's education.

  • Roberto - 2012-02-07 15:03

    Ag no man!!! Wake up!!! SA is going down the drain as it is. Stop making things worse

  • Schmee - 2012-02-07 15:12

    This is a perfect example of adults setting a bad example.

  • Thoka - 2012-02-07 15:13

    Hey wena Dumisani, uphambene mfondini??????

  • Bantu - 2012-02-07 15:15

    Bafunde nini ke ngoku abantwana?

  • Sandy - 2012-02-07 15:15

    Here we go again another strike when will they ever stop. !!!!!!!!!!

  • Angus - 2012-02-07 15:17

    The old motto was "Liberation before education." Now you lot are liberated, you have found another excuse...and you will continue to find excuses to protect a narrow minorities interests at the expense of the whole country. An African response to an African problem....LOL!

  • fhedzani.sadiki - 2012-02-07 15:18

    We are truly being led by idiots! Not so long ago we were protesting to get a better education, now we taking the kids out of school? WTF!

  • Tahir - 2012-02-07 15:18

    The proposed COSATU nationwide strike action is likely to be the biggest protest action we have seen in recent times. The protest action must be supported by all, simply because fellow South Africans can and will no be able to afford the charge Government wants to levy against the largely poor and unemployed. Inflation has periodically eaten through our earnings and Modern Slavery (labour broking) has had even worse consequences. That is why labour broking and e-tolling must be banned, to ensure that workers of this country, including both you and I receive a living wage and nothing less.

      ttrevenen - 2012-02-07 15:54

      Thats all very well, however children should NOT be losing out on their education. The number of school days lost last year was a total disgrace - this year has just begun and they are starting their crap again. I'm convinced that they don't want the masses to be educated because that would not suit their agenda of having an educated workforce that would question their ideology. Keeping the masses uneducated and hungry is their aim... Each time a union calls a strike their employees should also be unpaid then we would see how often they would call on the masses to intimidate their fellow citizens to strike.

      Guy - 2012-02-07 16:15

      firstly, what has e-tolling got to do with anything. It's already been suspended, and the "workers of this country" weren't going to pay anyway if they travelled in taxis. As far as labour broking goes, at least workers had jobs. Now they have nothing.

  • ThandaMzansi - 2012-02-07 15:19

    Why not propose the same strike against the shockingly bad education system? Or the info bill? Or government corruption? The kids who lost their lives during the Sharpeville riots would turn in their graves if they read this nonsense. Sies!

      ThandaMzansi - 2012-02-07 15:23

      Oops. Sorry - that should be the Soweto uprising. Either way - STUPID IDEA COSATU!

  • Sandy - 2012-02-07 15:19

    How many of the kids are joining in the strike, nice example you are setting.................