COSATU Limpopo statement on the International Day of Action for Decent Work

The Congress of South African Trade Unions(COSATU) in Limpopo will on the 7th of October 2022, embark on numerous marches across the province to commemorate the International Day for Decent work.

The day is commemorated to address issues of employment which respect the fundamental rights of the human person as well as the rights of workers in terms of conditions of work, safety, remuneration and further respecting the physical and mental integrity of workers in the exercise of their employment.

The International Labour Organization explicated that decent work must sum up the aspirations of people in their working lives and involve opportunities for work that are productive and deliver a fair income, security in the workplace and social protection for all. Furthermore, decent work must provide better prospects for personal development, social integration, and freedom for people to express their concerns. Workers should be able to organise and participate in the decisions that affect their lives, where there is equality of opportunities and treatment for all women and men.

Our Agenda is a balanced and integrated programmatic approach to pursue the objectives of full, productive employment and decent work for all at all levels, and further dedicating the time to the thousands of workers across the province seeking wage justice. Workers have no option but to go on strike to demand action to bridge the wage gaps in the face of rampant inflation, high fuel prices, high electricity costs, devastating food prices, as this is depriving households and communities of any chance of a decent life and a decent future.

As a province, we will also deliver memorandums to the South African Police Services on the issues of Gender Based Violence and Femicide which our Central Executive Committee clearly articulated its disgust with the extent of Gender-Based Violence and femicide that continues to engulf the country. The escalating and continuous hateful killings of women and children is shocking. COSATU calls on all communities to work hand in hand with the authorities in ensuring that the perpetrators are apprehended and sentenced.

The activities that will take place on the 7th are as follows:

·       Capricorn District                       –             Polokwane

·       Mopani District                           –             Letaba (Kgapane)

·       Sekhukhune District                  –             Fetakgomo (Apel)      

·       Vhembe District                         –             Collins Chabane (Malamulele) 

·       Waterberg                                    –             Bela Bela

COSATU will continue tackling corruption to ensure that badly needed revenue is spent on public services and stimulating the economy. We will continue to pursue decent employment for our members in their respective workplaces.

We remain grounded that workers must unite, fight for their rights, and ensure that the gains that they have achieved so far are not reversed.

Issued by COSATU Limpopo

Mamodula Toekie Kgabo

COSATU Limpopo Provincial Organizer & Educator

Tel – 010 219 1372/015 291 2981

Cell – 072 340 9489