ANALYSIS | Cosatu stay-away a crapshoot that could expose its deficiencies

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The absence of panic around Thursday's strike appear to signal a worrying trend for the ANC-aligned labour federation.
The absence of panic around Thursday's strike appear to signal a worrying trend for the ANC-aligned labour federation.
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When the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) announced on Tuesday that it would hold a national strike on Thursday to send a message to the government and the private sector, one would have been forgiven for believing the country did not get the memo.

The fire and resolve of the announcement were not met with a hellish day of trade at the JSE or diatribes from captains of industry about the catastrophic implications of an estimated 1.8 million workers staying home and withdrawing their labour.

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