Cosatu threatens secondary strike

2011-02-18 00:00

COSATU yesterday threatened a crippling secondary strike if the Road Freight Employers’ Association (RFEA) fails to agree to the demands of their workers.

Workers belonging to the SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) have been involved in a strike against the RFEA for the past week.

Yesterday local members of Satawu marched in solidarity with the national strike in the city centre.

A small group of demonstrators marched from Freedom Square to the Labour Department offices in Langalibalele Street where they handed over a memorandum.

The march was largely peaceful and demonstrators were orderly as a large contingent of police monitored the situation.

Fana Dlamini, the chairperson of Cosatu in Pietermaritzburg, addressed the demonstrators, saying they should not allow a situation in which their employers continue to ignore their workers’ demands.

“We encourage employees to remain on strike until petrol dries up from the pumps,” said Dlamini.

“If the employers fail to heed your demands, we as Cosatu will engage in a secondary strike.”

In a memorandum addressed to the RFEA, they called for their demands to be taken seriously. “We are not going to settle. The period of saying half a loaf is better than no loaf has long passed. We will remain on strike until the employer agrees to our demands.”

In the memorandum, they urged the Labour Department to ban labour brokers.

“This labour brokerage has created a situation where an employee has two employers, the firm owner and the labour broker,” he said.


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.