The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has called for a nationwide socio – economic strike to commence on the 7th of October 2021.
COSATU is calling all workers and South Africans to join the strike by joining in on the planned activities or staying home for the day.
It is a legally protected strike aimed at putting pressure on both government and the private sector to act to fix the economic mess that the country finds itself in and take seriously the issues that are affecting workers and South Africans in general.
Protests are planned to take place across South Africa.
They will be demanding urgent action from policymakers in government and decision-makers in the private sector to stop the attacks that are directed at workers claiming both the public and private sectors have been undermining collective bargaining.
The following issues that will be raised by COSATU:
a lack of Personal Protective Equipment for frontline workers;
an emphasis on the failure of the public transport system;
the undermining of collective bargaining in the public service by the state;
the general inefficiency of the state;
the scourge of corruption in South Africa;
the loss of some ZAR80 billion annually through transfer pricing manipulation;
the looting of the COVID-19 UIF TERS Fund by employers;
mismanaged and now cash strapped or bankrupt SOE’s;
the maximum penalty threshold which can be imposed by the Competition Commission is inadequate;
Continued cartel conduct;
the amendment to the Competition Act 89 of 1998 was meant to provide for directors and managers to be criminally prosecuted, but thus far there have been no prosecutions; and
families of politicians should be barred from doing business with the state.
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