South Africa’s largest federation, the Congress of South African Trade Union (Cosatu) has stuffed the ruling party’s sinking ship with another worrisome load.
While the ANC scrambles to sort out the numerous challenges staring it in the face, Cosatu has threatened to sever its support and loyalty, should the ruling party fail to wake up from its slumber.
The union said the Zuma administration’s innumerable failures is a sign that the ANC leadership is weak and arrogant. It also slammed government’s negligence of workers’ welfare, adding that its attitude towards workers shows the party has been taking its support and loyalty for granted.
“Cosatu is equally tired of the ANC government’s many failures and broken promises and the condescension and arrogance of some ANC leaders, who dismiss Cosatu and workers’ legitimate demands as bargaining council matters.”
In order to give room for improvement and change, Cosatu requested the ANC to establish some sort of consensus among its leadership.
The union also encouraged the ANC administration to deliver on the promises it made in its 2014 manifesto and implement resolutions it took at its 2007 Polokwane elective conferences.
Significantly, Cosatu called on President Zuma to enhance the implementation of the national health insurance scheme, minimum wage agreements, and social security plan.
On the government’s nuclear plan, the union vehemently kicked against it, stating categorically that the government must clean up the mess.
“We want to see the expansion of renewable energy and for someone to reign in the arrogant and unaccountable Eskom which sees nothing wrong with exploiting workers with massive tariff hikes year after year,” Cosatu said.
Yesterday, the nation’s largest federation asked the government to consider slashing salaries of Ministers and MPs and reducing the number of cabinet members, instead of dismissing some civil servants as proposed by the Treasury in the medium term budget policy statement (MTBPS).