Singing Cosatu members march in Braamfontein for better wages
MEMBERS of unions affiliated to Cosatu started gathering outside the federation’s headquarters in Braamfontein‚ Johannesburg, on Friday morning.
Some were dressed in Cosatu’s traditional red and others showed off their work uniforms as the crowd moved up and down Simmonds Street‚ warming up for the Johannesburg leg of a national march for decent wages.
"Thina silwela amalungelo (we are fighting for our rights)‚" they sang.
The workers‚ who have taken a day away off work‚ are marching to call for a decent wage and to raise awareness about the plight of workers in various sectors in the South African economy. These include security guards‚ nurses‚ waiters‚ nurses‚ teachers‚ farm workers‚ petrol attendants‚ workers in the retail sector and other vulnerable employees.
At about 10am‚ a large media contingent had begun to gather outside Cosatu House ahead of the march.
The workers were due to march to the City of Johannesburg’s chambers‚ the South African Chamber of Mines‚ and the provincial departments of human settlements‚ roads and transport‚ and finance.