AS IT HAPPENED: Cosatu calls on workers to come out in numbers for mass strike

2017-09-26 11:05

Cosatu has assured workers that they will not face disciplinary action for participating in planned mass strike action to protest state capture and President Jacob Zuma.

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Cosatu President Sdumo Dlamini says he is in KZN to help mobilise for Wednesday's strike.

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Mkhize says Zuma must also heed a call to charge those involved in state capture.

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Another call for President Jacob Zuma to established the much talked about probe into state capture.

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KZN Cosatu secretary Edwin Mkhize says that no employee will be disciplined for taking part in Wednesday's protected strike.

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BLSA backs workers' right to join Cosatu's state capture march

Business Leadership South Africa has spoken out in support of workers' rights to take part in the mass strike action planned by the Congress of South African Trade Unions.


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Next Cosatu briefing to start shortly

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Marches are scheduled to start at 08:00 on Wednesday

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Cosatu's biggest unions:  

National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) - 277 317 members

National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) - 270 649

South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) - 248 556

Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) - 154 008

South African Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu) - 152 254


26 Sep 12:15

Cosatu has a mission to flex its political muscle. This is from the 2016 statement:  

Our battles were not just limited to work floor issues, but we also made our presence felt in the policy terrain. We are gradually re-asserting ourselves as a social force for transformation and are also diligently rebuilding our organised power, including our capacity to mobilise. We proved this by holding May day activities in all nine provinces and followed that up with nine marches in demand for Decent Work in October.


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Cosatu expelled Numsa in 2014 and former secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi in 2015

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In 2015, Cosatu membership stood at 1.8 million

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Between 2013 and 2015, Cosatu membership dropped by 324 835

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In 2003, Cosatu targeted four million members, but in 2012, the union had grown to 2.2 million members

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Cosatu pulling no punches in an attack on Zuma

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"In the march, we will be saying Zuma must go. We can't put it down on the notice to Nedlac because it doesn't have power over a political strike, but deals with socioeconomic issues," said Bheki Ntshalintshali

26 Sep 11:43

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It's unethical to use citizens' hard-earned pension funds to rescue the failing SAA once again, the DA said.


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