Employers must respond to workers’ demands – COSATU

Federation says some workers have reported victimization and threats for participating in marches

COSATU demands all employers to respond to workers’ demands by tomorrow

26 October 2016

The Congress of South African Trade Unions led successful marches across nine provinces in almost fifteen towns/cities on October 7 to demand a decent work for all workers.

Today, the 26th October, marks the 13th day since employers received workers’ demands.

COSATU presented memorandum addressing issues related to, amongst others, protection of jobs and ending retrenchments, scrapping of e-tolls system, improving of public transport system, banning of labour brokers, ending outsourcing in both private and public sector, formalization of grade R teachers, introduction of national health insurance, national minimum wage and fighting for the scrapping of taxation amendment law.

COSATU calls on all employers to respond to all the demands tabled by workers. COSATU has noted with disdain that in some workplaces, workers have reported some form of victimization and/or threats for participating in the protected action in terms of the Labour Relations Act, 1995 as amended.

COSATU urges all workers to engaged their Shopstewards and/or Unions should they experience intimidation from employers. No intransigent employer will be left unchallenged by workers and we will also lobby all working class communities for solidarity actions.

Labour Rights are human rights!

Issued by Norman Mampane, Shopsteward Editor, COSATU, 26 October 2016