- COSATU has embarked on a national strike against corruption, inequality and other key issues
- The strike has kicked off in multiple cities after the trade union signalled its intention to shutdown the country
- Numerous entities have voiced their support for the protests and workers are fully protected by the approved demonstrations
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COSATU has officially started its nationwide strike against key issues such as corruption, inequality, unemployment, poverty and gender-based violence.
Reports of action underway in Durban, Gauteng and numerous cities have already surfaced. The strike was approved and therefore all citizens that participate will be afforded protection against dismissal.
The strike was planned by COSATU with the support of FEDUSA, NACTU and SAFTU. Public Services International voiced their approval for the action taken, saying in a statement that:
"We would like to commend the leadership of the federations for agreeing to come together in order to make a bold statement on worker power. The significance of this action is to demonstrate that what unites us as workers is more than what divides us.
"As a class, our interests are the same, and what threatens us is the same. As working-class formations, the principle of collective power is a doctrine on which our continued existence depends."
The entity noted that the Covid-19 pandemic had served as a major blow to the economy but was adamant that a dire socio-economic situation had been present in SA long before the virus.
The entity also condemned the government for its response to the crisis, commenting further that:
"It is frustrating then that the government is looking at austerity as a response to crisis. National Treasury intends to increase taxation and has made no money available to government departments in the next three years.
"Instead of ensuring that workers and people who have lost their livelihoods during this pandemic have safety nets, conversely, National Treasury is adopting policies that will reduce social protections."
The trade union federation is lobbying against the following issues:
- Public transport health and safety
- Corruption that leads to job loses
- Attacks on collective bargaining
- Fighting retrenchment and unemployment
- Gender-based violence and gender pay gap
The trade union federation voiced its frustration that the ruling party had held the meeting when it knew planning for the strike was underway.
However, COSATU denied any ill intentions towards the ANC by opting not to attend the gathering.
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