Cosatu dares DA to march

2012-05-04 08:01

Workers themselves will come out and receive a memorandum from the DA, should the party march on Cosatu, the labour federation’s general-secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said.

Speaking at the Constitutional Court last night at the re-launch of union stalwart Emma Mashinini’s book, Strikes Have Followed Me All My Life, Vavi said: “Our message to cowards and to the opportunists in the DA is to come march to us and tell us that half a loaf is better than no bread at all.”

He said he replied to the DA’s plans on social networking site Twitter, saying “fine, you can come march on Cosatu’s head office and tell us that (labour brokering) is okay”.

Vavi said the DA wanted to march on Cosatu in protest against the labour federation’s tough stance on banning labour brokers and its refusal to support government’s planned youth wage subsidy.

DA leader Helen Zille in her Workers’ Day speech on Tuesday slammed Cosatu for only catering for employed people, and excluding unemployed people.

Vavi said the march is scheduled for May 15 and will be on Cosatu’s head office.

Social networks have been buzzing with plans for the march.

The DA Youth’s Mbali Ntuli confirmed that the march was a youth initiative and that the party would be marching from Beyers Naude Square to Cosatu’s new headquarters in Braamfontein.

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