Cosatu demands answers from the premier

2018-03-07 06:01

IT’S been 10 months since the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and its allied union workers submitted their memorandum of demands to the Office of the Premier in Langalibalele Street.

To date, the workers have not received a response and feel their concerns have been swept under the carpet. In the memorandum they demanded job creation, the weeding out of labour brokers, casual workers to be employed permanently and an end to corruption in the municipality.

Last Thursday, the workers picketed outside the Premier’s Office, this time in demand of answers to the memorandum. They stood in the blazing heat while waiting for KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu to give them answers but to no avail.

Director-General at the Office of the Premier Doctor Nonhlanhla Mkhize said Mchunu was not available but assured the workers that he [Mchunu] would meet with the leadership of Cosatu on March 6, when he will respond to their demands.
“We agree that it has been a long time that you have been waiting for the answers. We had a problem with our leadership; there has been no stability but everything is back to normal.

“We commit ourselves to giving you all the answers that you are looking for at the meeting,” she said.

Cosatu provincial chairperson Edwin Mkhize said what has frustrated them the most is that Cogta promised to meet with them to discuss the issue of the fired employees at the Msunduzi Municipality a long time ago but they [Cogta] never called that meeting.

However, he said they are happy that the premier has now committed himself.

“There has been slight progress since we submitted our memorandum last year, but we are not happy about employees who are jobless.

“We want this matter to be resolved urgently. We want these employees to be reinstated. We know that they were not fired because there were no jobs for them anymore. The municipality fired them and replaced them with other people. We are very clear about what we want. We want all employees to be treated equally and fairly.

“They must not be punished because they are not supporting a certain group or person in politics. We are looking forward to March 6, to hear all our answers, then we will take it from there,” he said.

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