AS part of celebrating Worker’s Day, members of Congress of South African Trade Union (Cosatu) held a peaceful march in Kokstad town on Tuesday, escorted by traffic police and SAPS.
Attending the rally were members of Cosatu from Mount Ayliff, Mount Frere, Matatiele, Kokstad and Harry Gwala which were wearing their trademark red T-shirts.
Members of African National Congress, Young Communist League, South African Democratic Teachers Union, Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union, South African Communist Party and South African Municipal Workers Union also attended the rally.
The event started by handing over of a petition to Pick n Pay store and moved to
Cosatu called for the end of violence against women and children, protection of workers, end of labour brokers and decent salaries for workers.
Sabelo Nonjabe, the member of Cosatu in Kokstad said struggle for workers is still on and they have observed that workers are being oppressed by employers who do not abide to labour laws.
“We want workers to get decent wages. As Cosatu we support the proposed minimum wage for workers because in Kokstad we have people who work in farms and some are domestic workers and we believe it is going to benefit them,” said Nonjabe.
SACP Thembisile Hani district secretary Ntlahla Zungu said Workers Day must be celebrated by all workers. “Workers must unite and fight for their rights,” said Zungu.