Cosatu to protest workers' dismissals

2012-10-23 07:39

Johannesburg - The Congress of the SA Trade Unions will hold a protest action against the dismissal of illegally striking mineworkers, it said on Tuesday.

"In the coming weeks we will be engaged in a massive mobilisation of workers throughout the economy to engage in solidarity protests in support of the workers' demands in the mining industry," said Cosatu spokesperson Norman Mampane in a statement.

Cosatu said it was disgusted and angered by the "mass dismissals" of mineworkers engaged in unprotected strikes.

"We are aware that some mining companies have opportunistically been using such a fragile trick, to cold-heartedly dismiss workers without paying them retrenchment packages that they would have been required to pay."

Mampane called on mining companies to reinstate workers that had already missed the ultimatums instructing miners to return to work.

"And we also call for the restoration in full of all the benefits that accrue to these workers as though they were never dismissed."

He said: "If the mining bosses do not accede to this demand, the totality of the capitalist class will face the full might of organised workers and also will face stiff resistance in every corner of the economy."

  • Donovan - 2012-10-23 07:49

    I think it would be best to set up a commission to Double check the commission that was set up. We can put this out to tender to On-point engineering. They have nothing to do with setting up of a commission but I think they will be best for the job.

      JAbu.R15 - 2012-10-23 08:07

      What on earth does this have to do with the article? I dont see no relation whatsoever. we have on one hand a crazy cosatu who wants to hold us hostage because of unruly workers and the Donavans who misses the point and make comments not related to the article.

      pietmuis.vanhaasdas - 2012-10-23 08:26

      Then we have people like JAbu who does not seem to understand sarcasm...

      Jane - 2012-10-23 10:34

      JAbu. He is being sarcastic.

  • gary.guy.507 - 2012-10-23 08:10

    This is a watershed moment for South Africa - whatever happens, there is no way that the dismissed workers should get their jobs back. Our labour market is so rigid and restrictive that it is strangling our growth. Labourers are so heavily protected within the law - they should be dealt with in the strongest possible manner when their activites and behaviour are outside the law. They are very quick to turn to the law when they are dismissed unfairly, now they must be taught that they need to abide by the law.

      klasie.kitshoff - 2012-10-23 11:20

      Agreed, and this could be the end of Cosatu. How can you call up people (that want to work) to strike in solidarity with unlawful strikers. This is all to gain face after mr Vavi's failure at the mines. Bye - bye Cosatu!

      edward.patterson.923 - 2012-10-27 14:29

      He said: "If the mining bosses do not accede to this demand, the totality of the capitalist class will face the full might of organised workers and also will face stiff resistance in every corner of the economy." There you have it, full disclosure. Now, let's see how this works. Those "capitalist" have been protecting the personal resources, i.e. getting them out of the country ever since this "nationalization talk began. Now they are working to get as much of their corporate resources protected. Soon will come a point where a bunch of pencil pushers will make the decision; " it is less costly to shut down the business and leave the keys by the front door than it is to run the business." Then the government owns the business. Oh yes the government is made up of a communist part and a union part, what do they know about running a mine, or a bank, or anything. They haven't done a sterling job with the government

  • JAbu.R15 - 2012-10-23 08:11

    Our economy is shaking on its way down and cosatu and the zumas are hellbent in making it collapse totally. fact is the strike was illigal, the miners were given an opportunity to go back to work and they didnt heed the call. what more must the employers do? the workers have absconded their duties and that is punishable with dismisal, same as not reporting for work for more than a certain period of time, that is punishable with dismissal. I thought being a cosatu member meant reading and knowing the labour relations act, clearly i was wrong!

      lorain.maseko - 2012-10-23 08:47

      Rhey are protesting the dismissal of miners who were protesting illgaly? The irony. protesting is what got them fired to begin with.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-23 08:13

    Erm, please read aloud to all your members the meaning and consequences of an unprotected strike. They took their chance and lost. The COURTS upheld their dismissal. So what you are proposing is anarchy

  • VWhitepaw - 2012-10-23 08:16

    And another "Do wrong without punishment" support. The strike was ruled illegal. The miners have been warned. If they are allowed to get their jobs back, another president would be set. One where you can strike illegally and still retain your job. Maybe let them re-apply for their jobs with a new salary package. The package might be worse than what they had. Or they might not get the job.

      JAbu.R15 - 2012-10-23 08:25

      100% support this, problem is cosatu practices double standards, to them its no more about protecting the workers; they are more trying to prove to us they are some kind of force to be reckoned with, which they are not. The newly formed union in marikana proved that and the fact that so many people (including black) choosing not to be members of cosatu because they are aware of the crapy service they get

      alfred.neumann.142 - 2012-10-23 08:31

      Someone just needs to explain to them that they are replaceable. If they were the only people on the planet who knew how to do what they do then they might have some leverage but the reality is that there are millions who are ready and willing to take their place.

      JamesMWood - 2012-10-23 09:56

      @jabu, I think its nmore a case of cosatu trying to protect the money they get from the workers than protecting the workers themselves. Cosatu relies heavily on the subs they collect and are bleeding members.

      george.slade.161 - 2012-10-23 10:08

      Another "precedent " would be set ! We dont need another "President" . However agree your Sentiments .

      VWhitepaw - 2012-10-23 16:14

      Sorry. I meant precedent... An act or instance that may be used as an example in dealing with subsequent similar instances.

  • alfred.neumann.142 - 2012-10-23 08:22

    Maybe Cosatu should think about adding something new to their repertoire. Illegal protests to protest the dismissal of illegal protesters? Eish, but you lot are a bunch of clevah's, neh! If these people were as committed to working as they are to striking we'd be loaning money to China and the US by now.

  • DSBennie - 2012-10-23 08:26

    They protesting in support of illegal actions, so anyone missing work to take part in these protests should be fired as well

  • michael.hein.7374 - 2012-10-23 08:44

    Typical "africans" we want a job, but not work!!!! Really??? get your lazy, uneducated arses to work (the job YOU agreed to do for the pay YOU agreed to accept) and this wont happen... you hide behind unions like scared cowards and then act like animals when the end result isnt what you hoped for.... Bring back those Marikana Cops!!!!!!

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-10-23 08:45

    And once again the Unions threaten to bring the country's economy to its knees and Zuma says don't downtalk the country really??!! Its not the country we downtalk its this type of thing that gets us going its the Unions, the Govt!!! Are you going to standby and let Cosatu do this Zuma??!! These strikers were given plenty opportunity to go back to work and they also ignored the law so I wonder if you will keep quiet on this one since you've said so much the past week about the economy??!!! This should be interesting

  • nhlapop - 2012-10-23 08:45

    Our economy is shaking on it was down, COSATU and Zoomer dont even bother because this wont affect them because of high salarie and corruption. The only thing that is running on his mind is Mangaung. Bloody agent.

  • rontheogre - 2012-10-23 08:46

    So Cusatu selectively follows the law when it suits them, as with the other Tripartheid Alliance members. This proves that they stand for anarchy and support mediocrity. The law expressly states what the employers may do during an unprotected strike, which the mines followed to the letter and the miners didn't. It is time that the role and place of unions in this country is seriously re-visited as they seem less educated than their members, are self serving with little thought as to what implications their idiotic actions hold for the future. But "I want, I want and I want it now", no matter the consequence or what they break or even if they are worth it.

  • adri.oosthuizen - 2012-10-23 08:49

    Rather give their jobs to the hundreds and thousands of other poor people out there willing to work, who would at least be thankfull that they have a job, as little as it might pay at the end of the day. Just like the rest of us who cannot complain about our low salaries, but we make due and push through cause we know we cannot afford to be without it.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-10-23 09:08

    Why must the miners be forced to take back workers who not only downed tools at a drop of a hat, threatened violence, refused to return to work even though they were given enough time to do so. It was their choice not to go back, so I believe the mine should stand firm and not re-employ them. Cosatu just wants to prove to the miners that they cosatu are needed. This is just to save face and nothing more. To call a protest now after all the striking is just not on. Cosatu, Numsa and all those connected to these Unions should be stoned and sent packing. When business is forced to jump to these organizations tunes, they will never survive under these conditions. We cant have them ruling they are doing more harm than good and they are trying to creep back to gain respect from the miners but the truth is that they only want them to vote for zuma, nothing more.

  • carole.small.96 - 2012-10-23 09:12

    I thought BLACKMAIL is a criminal offence. Well this is blatant blackmail if ever I saw it. So what is are the police and government going to do. Nothing as usual. The government won't go against their buddies and then they tie the police's hands. Come on South Africans, we have to vote for better than this!!

  • Watkykj - 2012-10-23 09:13

    Eish....CASATO.....pls just implode and self destruct....

  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-10-23 10:01

    Ummmm if you don'tturn up for work for months surely you get fired! COSATU is going to just undo all the work and progress that has been made with the strikes.

  • eben.vanderrmerwe - 2012-10-23 10:05

    I short the Country's Economy are held ransom by uneducated, ill-behaved hooligans on one side, inept unions to the ilk of Cosato, NUMSA etc. and lastly a unresponsive, useless flat-footed government completely out of depth who has the audacity in blaming others for the downturn of our country!!!. What a "triparty alliance"!!.

  • principal.mathipe - 2012-10-23 10:09

    Ada wyz dy wr nt going 2 dismiss us!yr so cowards nd 2 slow 2 tyk decision bt us lt's go nd mobuliz so dt we go bck 4rm wek coz dis wil lead 2 blood shed i guess

  • juju.malema.792 - 2012-10-23 10:14

    F##k Cosatu and F##k the cANCer. Together they have destroyed SA

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-10-23 10:14

    Copy from the article. """""" Cosatu said it was disgusted and angered by the "mass dismissals" of mine-workers engaged in unprotected strikes. "We are aware that some mining companies have opportunistically been using such a fragile trick, to cold-heartily dismiss workers without paying them retrenchment packages that they would have been required to pay." """"" Cosato as much as we do not want to see people not taking food home to their children we must also be honest. You mentioned it UNPROTECTED. You blame the mines of using the dismissal as an excuse to save money, but if true is it not the same tactics the miners using to ignore deals that is in place and also missed used the situation in South Africa to better their existing deals?. To me it rather seems that you now take heavily part due to the possible lack of further income. O yes! Some certain December meeting can also be part of the reason.

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-10-23 11:59

    Cosatu has lost the plot. Disband and start again. Unionise all the streetvendors. Your toyi-toying protests are boring. Time for some gangnam style!

  • sarecen.smith - 2012-10-23 12:34

    cosatu is like a dog chasing its own tail....

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