COSATU Eastern Cape to hold seven marches on the International Day for Decent Work (7th October 2022)

Following the declaration of the 7th of October as International Day of Decent Work by the United Nations, the Congress of South African Trade Unions(COSATU), will utilise this day to highlight the plight of workers and accentuate issues that have an adverse effect on the decent work agenda in a form of marches. Additionally, it will hand over memorandums of demands. As part of the mandate, COSATU in the Eastern Cape will hold seven(7) marches across the province.

These marches are part of the protected action in line with Section 77 of the Labour Relations Act. This means that every worker who participates in the action is protected, and no employer can subject workers who did not report for duty, to disciplinary action. Even workers who are not members of any union are eligible to participate in the respective marches without fear of being disciplined or victimised.

The planned action by COSATU is aimed at restoring the dignity of workers, defending workers’ rights, which are also human rights. The COSATU action takes place at a time when the rights of workers are under attack and are being reversed in all sectors of the economy. This calls for workers to unite and fight side by side for what belongs to them.

 It is through the active participation of workers in the struggles to defend the hard-won victories that a strong message will be sent to the employers and government, that our patience is not limitless and therefore, we should not be taken for granted.

The marches in the province are lined up as follows.


1. Alfred Nzo             Mount Ayliff             EmaXesibeni Stadium      Department of
                                                                                                                    Employment & Labour

2. Amathole             Butterworth     Caley Grounds in Coloured       Department of
                                                                                                                   Employment & Labour

3. Buffalo City Metro East London    North -End Stadium                 Department of                                                                                                                                     Employment & Labour

4. Chris Hani      Thobi Kula Indoor Sports Centre, Komani               Department of 
                                                                                                                     Employment & Labour

5. Joe Gqabi     Aliwal North     Walter Sisulu University                      Department of 
                                                                                                                      Employment & Labour

6. Nelson Mandela Metro    Vuyisile MiniShow Grounds in North -End, Gqeberha                                                                                                                                        Department of
                                                                                                                       Employment & Labour7.  O.R. Tambo    Lusikisiki   St. Elizabeth Hospital (Open Site)          Department of 
                                                                                                                       Employment & 
                                                                                                                                                              We are calling upon all workers and community members to join their nearest marches on the list. We also call upon workers to unite as a formidable and a conquering force in a struggle for decent work as part of restoring their dignity. We strongly believe that a working class united shall never be defeated.

Forward with the unity of workers for their rights, forward!

Issued by COSATU Eastern Cape


Mkhawuleli Maleki

COSATU Provincial Secretary

Mobile: 082 339 5482