Cosatu flexes Qwaqwa muscles

2016-10-19 06:00
THE Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) members who took part in the recent march in Qwaqwa. Photo: Paseka Modisadife

THE Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) members who took part in the recent march in Qwaqwa. Photo: Paseka Modisadife

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PHUTHADITJHABA. – The Free State chapter of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) took to the streets on Friday, 7 October, to support the labour federation’s national strike.

The march in Qwaqwa came about as a result of a call made by the mother body to embark on similar protests in various sections of the country. It was also important to honour the international decent work day, according to the second deputy-president, James Tyotyo, who was the keynote speaker at the event.

Several affiliates of the labour federation, such as the Democratic Nurses of South Africa (Denosa), the Communications Workers Union (CWU) and the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu), among others, converged in solidarity.

“It is very important to carry out this action on this day which was chosen by workers as the international decent work day,” he said.

The protest, led by the provincial leadership, proceeded towards the regional hospital of Mofumahadi Manapo Mopeli, where a memorandum was received by different government and labour representatives.

Demands, ranging from the implementation of a safe, reliable, integrated and affordable public transport system, protection of jobs, fight for the National Minimum Wage (NMW), introduction of the National Health Insurance (NHI), to the total ban of labour brokers, were some of the issues reflected in the memorandum.

“The regulation on labour brokers has not gone far enough for the workers to be employed full-time. After the three months period they remain employees of labour brokers and employers are continuing to recycle workers,” the memorandum stated.

Cosatu also pledged support for the demand for free higher education. The state has 14 days to respond to the demands.

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