Hundreds of Cosatu members have gathered in different cities across the country for Wednesday’s protests against job losses. The National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) granted the federation a Section 77 strike certificate, meaning all workers taking part in the one-day strike are protected. Cosatu said the demonstrations, which will affect traffic in major streets in at least eight central business districts, are just the start of a mass campaign the organisation is waging against retrenchments and unemployment. “Close to 10-million South Africans are unemployed, while the struggling economy has seen thousands of workers laid off in spite of existing agreements between the government, business and labour that retrenchments would be minimised,” Cosatu general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali said. “The fight against job losses means the workers must have a direct say in how the economy is managed and restructured. We understand the enormous responsibility that faces...

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