Union group warns against toll protest

2012-03-05 14:39

Johannesburg - Union federation Fedusa has advised its members not to take part in a Cosatu-led protest against e-tolling on Wednesday.

"This convolution of issues might render some members unprotected, exposing them to possible disciplinary action," Federation of Unions of SA general secretary Dennis George said in a statement on Monday.

The Congress of SA Trade Unions is planning a countrywide protest on Wednesday against road tolling and labour brokering, and education in the Western Cape.

"While we support the section 77 protest notice on toad tolling, as tabled at Nedlac, we are not involved in the other issues and we have to warn our members of related risks," George said, referring to a section of the Labour Relations Act.

NUM urges members to march

Protection under the act only extends to members of organisations involved in a valid dispute, and Fedusa was not party to all the disputes, he said. If Fedusa members wanted to strike, they should not do so under the federation banner.

"Affiliates who wish to participate in the protest action are recommended to request annual leave for the day involved, and participate in individual union colours," George said.

On the other hand, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) called on its 320 000 members and civil society to join the protest.

"These tolls must be removed and the ban for labour brokers must happen now," NUM general secretary Frans Baleni said in a statement.

"We will not rest on our laurels until those that have to make the decisions make the required decisions," he said.

32 marches planned

Baleni called for more decisive action to eliminate labour brokers.

"The NUM is totally opposed to the privatisation of our roads and to the legalisation of the blood-sucking practice of labour broking and will join the protest action en masse to demand that all these be abolished."

Cosatu had planned 32 marches across South Africa, including in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Bloemfontein.

  • Vuks01 - 2012-03-05 14:46

    Way to go for the unionists - to get to the other side of town will be expensive no - cant even cycle - otherwise one will be a victim of mugging - how do we travel and earn our living ??

      Alan - 2012-03-05 15:17

      Don’t buy e-tags. I am not going to let anybody deduct money from my account without proof of service. I will insist that Sanral POST all photographs of my car (with my number plates) going through the toll gates. They cannot email them because my spam blocker won’t allow them. Then if they can get that right then maybe I will pay.

      Kala - 2012-03-05 15:35

      ""While we support the section 77 protest notice on toad tolling, as tabled at Nedlac..." And don't buy any toad tags either.

  • vmeiring1 - 2012-03-05 14:54

    I support Cosato and will march although I'm not a member. The ANC government is loading all their bad planning expendature on the tax payer.

      Bigwolf - 2012-03-05 15:19

      I dont always agree with Casto, but will be adding my support on this! i am very tired of having to pay for Govermant incompitence,let all make a stand now or pay up even if most dont have it.

  • mamiya.gugushe - 2012-03-05 14:54

    Feasible study and research should have been done clearly, consultation of the poor of the poorest should have been done. South African should not be underestimated because really now, we are being ripped off to the rich they dont have any problem with tolling urban system. It really is not fair because it worked some where in Europe does not mean it is going to work to average working class of SA- go ahead with the strike. Go ahead VA|Vi

      Allen - 2012-03-05 15:21

      Mamiya, you are wrong! "The Rich" also have a serious problem with e tolling as they pay most of the taxes in this country! 80% of tax is paid by 10% of the people. We pay tax, road tax in the price of petrol, and now they want more. The government feels that we "rich" can just pay and pay and pay. Another R1000 here and another R2000 there. Increases in water and electricity have risen to astronomical levels. The price of fuel never stops escalating and is going up again on Wednesday. Tolling - any tolling is an abomination. Our roads should be free, as we the taxpayer have paid for them over and over again! So good for Casatu. If I lived in JHB, I would march as well. I can't wait for the day that those fancy tolling constructions with cameras everywhere are bombed into oblivion.

      Sharon - 2012-03-05 15:29

      I would like to know who these "rich" people are, everyone seems to be talking about them lately! As far as I know, the majority of people who use the highways are middle class people who are being strangled financially by a government who mistakenly assumes that they have an unending source of funds.

  • Piet - 2012-03-05 14:55

    It is not about the tolls realy, it is a nice smokescree though to get a lot of people to participate. Once again Cosatu is trying to push a hidden agenda. Have some balls and seperate the two issues then you would have had everybodys support against the tolls.

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      Martin - 2012-03-05 15:17

      back roads all the way, the enjoyment of knowing that they must pay to post my bill is all i need to put a massive smile on my face...cosatu i would join you guys but labour brokers are a necessary evil and i wont be counted for that, jobs will be lost in the hundreds of thousands, not the other way around

  • Sinudeity - 2012-03-05 14:57

    I support COSATU we being exploited left right and centre.

  • John - 2012-03-05 14:57

    toad tolling? what on earth is that? hehe

      Skuiter - 2012-03-05 15:02

      net mamPARRAS gaan betaal....

  • Goose - 2012-03-05 14:59

    Yeah Vuks01, too right it is literally becoming too expensive to get to work. You can hardly afford to live and you can't afford to die in SA today. There is sweet bugger all in the form of public transport(we used to have a municipal bus service that I used for years when I was still studying which worked well), yet today we are forced to use cars BECAUSE of the ineptitude of the ANC, and then we are further penalized with this massive toll tax! I for one, will actively do whatever I can to ensure the e-tolling is hamstrung at EVERY opportunity. I will NOT succumb to the pressure to get a tag!

  • Phumi - 2012-03-05 15:12

    FEDUSA is what AFRIFORUM is to DA an alliance partner!

  • Barry - 2012-03-05 15:16

    Fully support the strike concerning toll system. In fact the majority of the strikers do not use the toll system however all will suffer as every consumer product on the market will undergo the inevitable price increases and once again the man on the street suffers. Yet again the incompetancy of the government is demonstrated. The toll system will affect more non users than the users. This one is for goverment spokesman Jimmy..."we will not tolerate stupidity and incompetance". The government need a recovery plan to reverse crass stupidity of attempting to apply a toll system to existing infrastructure.

      Alan - 2012-03-05 16:13

      And what is more if the tolls are not stopped before they start, the prices will go up as you say. But when the tolls are eventually scrapped, as I believe they will be, the prices won't come down again. So we will end up paying more for everything and the poor will be poorer for bugger all.

  • Peter - 2012-03-05 15:19

    What I do not understand is that most of the union members do not have private transport , so it will not affect them that way. If they use public transport, taxi's, busses ets, that type are immune to the toll fee's anyway. If not totally immune, subsidised BIG time that the effect is virtually nil, --- or that the transport bosses keep that gratuity for themselves and do not pass it on to the operators.

      Dave - 2012-03-05 15:22

      Agreed to large extent Peter, but lets remember the knock on effect this is going to have on prices here. This will impact everyone

      Peter - 2012-03-05 15:45

      @Dave - I fully agree with the knock on as my company uses the major roads with a Fleet of trucks, so where does that leave us with the increase in transport costs. Just pass it on the end user,eg. myself when I buy groceries.

  • Toze.Pina - 2012-03-05 15:27

    Groups like Fedusa have a name - sell-outs!

  • nspaynter - 2012-03-05 15:32

    The strike is more important than the reason for the strike. It's all about power and putting power into the hands of bullies. I am also against tolling our roads and labour brokers, but I do it through my voting. The ANC supports tolling and labour brokers. Don't vote for them. Quite simple. The bottom line is our road construction and maintenance needs to be financed and to me the only fair way of paying for this is through the petrol price. That's the way it was done in the past and it worked well.

  • Adrian - 2012-03-05 15:44

    how about the schools in the eastern cape

      Alan - 2012-03-05 16:13


  • Kese - 2012-03-05 16:20

    Eish, eish, eish... it's hard being South African. Why pay for e-toll when the petrol price is busy going up? You buy a car, you have to pay every year to keep it on the road, then comes exhorbitant petrol prices, then you pay for the roads to drive your car on and sometimes you might get a fine for having s*x in your own car, then comes service to keep your car healthy. It's a sin owning a car, I'm selling mine...

  • Michael - 2012-03-05 19:00

    Is it not time the country starts to work together against this rot? Maybe killing the middleclass off is the goverments objective. Mmmm makes us all wonder on the future of SA .........

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