The Congress of the South African Trade Union (Cosatu) plans to stage a nationwide strike early next month.
The federation’s secretary-general‚ Bheki Ntshalintshali‚ confirmed this on Tuesday saying the union would embark on the industrial action in response to hardships that vulnerable workers are exposed to daily.
The nationwide strike will see mine workers, farmers, shops, schools, hospital workers and many other workers who carry vital parts of the economy but earn a pittance across the country get involved in the act.
Ntshalintshali said mine workers who play a big part in improving south Africa’s wealth and carrying its economy on their backs are unhappy to be earning a tiny fraction of the surplus they produce.
“Farm workers who produce our food and are feeding the nation are angered by the near-slavery working conditions they are subjected to.
“Retail and commercial workers‚ many of them casualised women without basic benefits‚ are complaining that they are barely surviving and they are even struggling to make enough to pay for their transport.
“Security workers who protect us‚ and transport workers who take us to work every day and keep the wheels of the economy rolling were telling us that they are forced to work unbelievably long hours for a pittance.
“Our nurses‚ teachers and police feel that they are not being fairly paid for the valuable services they provide.”
He said their planned nationwide strike is to alert state government on the need for an increased pay for all workers in the state.
In another piece, a report by BuzzSouthAfrica has it that the SA trade Union would likely split over who succeeds Zuma after the demise of his administration.
While individuals associated with the union publicly declared Dlamini-Zuma as their preferred candidate, signs show that the union will likely endorse Deputy President Ramaphosa as Zuma’s successor.
Although the union has no voting rights during the ANC’s elective conference, it plans to effectively influence ANC members to have Ramaphosa succeed Zuma.
BuzzSouthAfrica also gathered that the largest workers’ federation is putting together a list of at least six names of senior ANC leaders who are capable of leading the party come 2019.