Cosatu plans nationwide strike over workers’ daily lot
From mines and farms, to shops, schools and hospitals, the workers who carry vital parts of the economy earn a pittance, the union federation says
THE Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) will stage a national strike early next month.
The federation’s secretary-general‚ Bheki Ntshalintshali‚ said on Tuesday morning that it will embark on the industrial action in response to hardships that vulnerable workers are exposed to daily.
"The mineworkers who produce our wealth and carrying this economy on their backs are unhappy to be earning a tiny fraction of the surplus they produce‚" said Ntshalintshali.
"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."