The Congress of South African Trade Union (COSATU) has called on all workers, especially those in the DA municipalities, to prepare themselves for war against the mayors.
Speaking to workers and journalist present, Cosatu general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali said the congress will embark on a serious war in DA-led municipalities for its anti-worker and anti-union policies.
“We are calling on all workers, especially municipal workers, to prepare themselves for serious battles after election outcomes have resulted in the DA taking over some metros.”
Ntshalintshali gave a press briefing after the trade union federation held its central executive committee meeting last weekend.
There, he said DA’s anti-worker and anti-union policies “automatically” meant that the party is not after the well-being of the workers as they plan to “unleash a war against workers and purge many of them from municipalities they won”.
“We view this as an opportunity to rebuild and ensure that we organize the unorganized workers who will surely become victims of the DA. Cosatu will be leading from the front on these battles.” Ntshalintshali said, adding that workers had an opportunity to rebuild and ensure that they were organised against the DA.
It was earlier reported that the newly-elected Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba said he would not eliminate e-tolls in Gauteng he earlier promised to do prior to his election in August 3.
The mayor, who at the time of his mayoral campaign in the municipality, promised to put to an end the era of e-tolls, said he would no longer do so because removal of e-tolls is a national issue and must be dealt with at the national level – hence, the only way to end the system is by towering the Democratic Alliance to power nationally in the 2019 elections.
To this, Cosatu’s Ntshalintshali maintained that members, especially municipal workers, should get ready for fight as the congress is ever ready to lead in getting what belongs to all workers.