Friday, October 07, 2016

SACP Pledges Support for COSATU Strike
7 October 2016, 09:20am
Zintle Mahlati

Johannesburg - Thousands of workers from across the country are expected to join Cosatu’s national strike for decent work on Friday.

The biggest federation in the country has received support from its unions and its alliance partner, the South African Communist Party (SACP).

The SACP pledged its support on Friday and said it backs Cosatu’s demands for economic transformation to benefit workers.

“The SACP further supports Cosatu’s call for the acceleration of processes to ensure the implementation of the national minimum wage. SACP leaders and members will join the action,” said the SACP in a statement.

The trade union federation’s march coincides with the World Day for Decent Work.

Cosatu’s demands to the government include:

the implementation of the national minimum wage and the National Health Insurance Plan;

an adequate public transport system;

the scrapping of labour brokers and e-tolls.

Cosatu’s leaders have been deployed in provinces and were expected to lead workers to the various government departments to hand over memorandums.

In Gauteng, Cosatu will march to the Johannesburg mayor’s office and the Chamber of Mines.

On Wednesday, Cosatu’s general secretary - Bheki Ntshalintshali - said the federation expected 200 000 of its members to join the strike.

The strike is protected and workers should not face disciplinary hearings or dismissal, Cosatu said.


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