The Congress of South African Trade Unions(COSATU) in Gauteng will embark on provincial protests and other activities across the province on Friday, 07 October 2022 to mark the World Day for Decent Work. This is a Section 77 protected National Action that forms part of our International Day for Decent Work.
COSATU Gauteng urges all affiliates, workers, and community members to take part in the upcoming marches and pickets that will be taking place across the province to rightfully demonstrate their rights and to call on policymakers and employers to adhere to labour laws and take heed of the importance of decent work.
Currently the country is rampaged by the stalemate of wage negotiations, thus affecting socio economic benefits of workers such as retirement and pension benefits. It is imperative for workers to unite in fighting corruption, defending jobs as well as acknowledging the failures of our law enforcement agencies in combating Gender Based Violence and corruption such as the mismanagement of funds within government. Therefore, it is paramount that workers resist all attempts by employers to undermine the importance of decent work.
Given the current socio-economic status of the country, with issues such as high electricity tariffs and load shedding hitting us from every corner, the livelihood of workers is negatively impacted. Furthermore, we are against the continues job losses and the 1440 job cuts planned by Massmart.
On the 7th of October 2022, COSATU Gauteng will be handing over memorandums of demands to different entities, which includes amongst others, Eskom, Massmart and various governmental departments. We are calling on all workers around the province to organise, mobilise and be ready to demonstrate and fight for a decent living wage and conducive and safe working conditions.
Assembly points for the mass demonstration will be as follows:
Ekurhuleni: Eskom Building in Germiston @ 09:00 am
Sedibeng: Sasol Garage (Cnr Beaconsfield and Van Riebeek) @ 09:00 am
Johannesburg (Joined by Tshwane and West Rand): Cosatu House @ 09:00 am
We are hopeful that this call for action will materialise and bring about positive change to the livelihood of the working class.
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