The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) has made known its intention to protest against the new pension law. The trade union related that it had started mobilizing its 1.9 million members to fall the new law, and that a special Cosatu central executive committee meeting will happen next month to discuss and plan the protest.
This was revealed when Cosatu today, denied being consulted before the new tax act that essentially, restricts the withdrawal of pensions when employees resign was signed into law by the president in December.
Speaking, the union’s spokesman Sizwe Pamla said that Cosatu “has noted the falsified statement from the Presidency claiming that there were proper and adequate consultations with unions and social partners, during the passing of the Taxation Law Amendment Act.
We strongly dispute the fallacious claim that fifteen meetings took place with NEDLAC (National Economic Development and Labour Council) constituencies, from June 2012 to discuss this law. This law was unilaterally drafted by Treasury and rammed through the throats of social partners. There were also no public hearings done to allow workers and the public to have their say on the matter.
This law was illicitly done as evidenced by the absence of any public hearings and by the fact that it was signed during the holiday season, a day before Christmas.
It is regrettable and disappointing to see the office of the presidency being harmed and used by the Treasury to communicate such untruths,” Pamla wailed, arguing that the “misinformation campaign is very unhelpful and points to a certain level of desperation.”
That according to him, will only strengthen the union and the pissed workers to agitate more. However, Cosatu will support the ANC in the up coming local government election, SABC reports.
Cosatu president, Sdumo Dlamini commented on that saying “we have a clear Cosatu resolution on the voting for the African National Congress… we (will) continue to do so, that has not change, it has not been affected.”