Strikes: Cosatu backs workers

2012-10-04 00:00

WORKERS should leave no stone unturned in ensuring that their demands are met, Cosatu said yesterday.

Addressing the media in Durban, provincial secretary Zet Luzipho said workers had been abused by their employers for a long time.

Luzipho said Cosatu viewed the ongoing strikes in various sectors as a direct consequence of the “opportunistic behaviour of employers who have been paying workers poverty wages for years, and who have been engaged in divide-and-rule tactics”.

In KwaZulu-Natal, a strike continues at a coal mine in Zululand, while workers at a Dunlop belting factory in Howick were recently dismissed for engaging in a strike that turned violent.

Luzipho said he was disappointed that some employers opted to dismiss striking workers, saying that added to existing problems.

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