Picture: REUTERS
Picture: REUTERS

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) is concerned its ally the ANC is starting to treat workers with disdain and take the loyalty of the federation for granted.

Cosatu’s statement on Thursday is a further sign of the increasingly strained relations between the alliance partners.

Earlier this week, the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu), Cosatu’s biggest affiliate, called on President Jacob Zuma to step down.

Cosatu said it was tired of the ANC government’s many failures and broken promises, and the condescension and arrogance of some ANC leaders, who dismiss the union federation and workers’ legitimate demands as bargaining council matters.

"We are also calling on government to clean up the mess surrounding its nuclear plans. We demand accountability and transparency, and we reiterate our firm rejection of the expansion of nuclear energy," Cosatu said in a wide-ranging statement.

"We want to see the expansion of renewable energy and for someone to rein in the arrogant and unaccountable Eskom, which sees nothing wrong with exploiting workers with massive tariff hikes year after year."

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