In South Africa, this year’s May Day theme has been captioned “Celebrating 30 Years and Defending Collective Bargaining, Workers Jobs and Rights”.
According to Cosatu general secretary, Bheki Ntshalintshali, the workers’ day will be used to remember victims of the May 2003 bus crash in which a bus conveying 53 Cosatu members plunged into the Saulspoort dam, near Bethlehem while on their way to a May Day rally in Qwaqwa.
Also, President, Jacob Zuma will be gracing the annual event as he is expected to speak to workers at Cosatu’s May Day rally in Moretele Park, Tshwane, on Wednesday. Moreover, the following alliance leadership will speak during the event: COSATU President, Comrade Sidumo Dlamini ANC, SACP General Secretary, Comrade Blade Nzimande and SANCO President, Comrade Richard Mdakane.
COSATU’s National May Day event will be held at Moretele Park in Mamelodi in Tshwane. Furthermore, the union stated that there will be rallies in other provinces, and urged members to come out in numbers. It asserted that it will force government to change the law to protect vulnerable workers.
Eastern Cape Members Enjoined To Turn Out En Masse On Workers Day
Meanwhile, the Congress of South African Trade Union in the Eastern Cape has declared its readiness for the celebration of the International May Day which will be held in four  centres in the province. The Eastern Cape called on all workers to come with their families to celebrate workers’ victories.
It also added that “In our fight against Labour Brokers, we forced government to change the law to protect the vulnerable workers by insisting that they have to be permanently employed after working for three months. We are continuing with this campaign though because we want the total banning of labour brokers.
Our most urgent task is to consolidate our work of building COSATU on the ground based on workplace struggles, service to members and continuous recruitment and solidarity campaigns amongst unions.
We will continue to roll out the following campaigns:
Total ban on labour brokers
Fight against job losses and retrenchments
Defend collective bargaining workers rights to strike
Crush all forms of racism and xenophobia
Demand a comprehensive social security system
Demand a legislated national minimum wage
Implementation of National Health Insurance
Scrapping of e-tolls and implement an integrated, affordable public transport system
Intensify our recruitment campaign.”
Meanwhile, on the workers day the National leadership of the Alliance will be deployed in all four centres which are:
Nelson Mandela Metro at Nangoza Jebe Hall
Buffalo City Metro at King William’s Town, Victoria Grounds
Chris Hani at Thobi Kula HALL
OR Tambo at Port St John’s Grounds.