COSATU CALLS WORKERS TO JOIN THE NATIONAL PROTECTED STRIKE ACTION
06 October 2015
By: JCT REPORTER
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) is a trade union federation in South Africa. It was founded in 1985 and is the largest of the country’s three main trade union federations, with 21 affiliated trade unions, altogether organizing 1.8 million workers.
COSATU is joining millions of workers around the World on the 07th of October 2015, which is World Day for all Decent Work. This National Action will take the form of marches and demonstrations in the City Centre and Locals of all provinces in South Africa. The march is legal and protected as per the Labour Relations Act.
This follows COSATU’S deadlock on the demand of scrapping of the E-tolls band provisions for a safe, reliable, affordable, integrated and accessible Public Transport system. The National Protected Strike is open to all workers and members of civil society.
COSATU has for many years now been calling for a safe, reliable, affordable, integrated and accessible public transport system. At the same time as COSATU protest against E-tolls and provision for a public transport system; it’s also campaigning for Value Added Tax (VAT) Increase.
According to COSATU, the workers cannot afford a further burden of tax increase after an increase of Personal Income Tax (PIT). It also demands that the Treasury should reject the Davis Tax Commission (DTC) proposals to increase TAX and the consideration of additional items for VAT zero-rating.
Furthermore, the march will also touches for the job losses and unemployment crisis in South Africa, who majority are young people.
Electricity crisis, public health sector, national minimum wage, the youth employment TAX incentive and the free market foundation attack on extension of collective agreements are amongst issues of the march.