COSATU Western Cape is shocked by the George building collapse

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has learnt with shock about the collapse of the George multi-story building which claimed the lives of six workers, injured many more and forty-nine workers remain trapped under the rubble.

COSATU sends its heartfelt condolences to the families and the colleagues of the deceased and wish the injured workers a speedy recovery.  We pray for the safe rescue of those remaining trapped.

We call on the law enforcement agencies and other authorities to thoroughly investigate this matter to ensure that justice be served.

COSATU is appealing to the owners of this company to look after the families of the deceased and injured construction workers.

We will be engaging with the Department of Employment and Labour and the Compensation Fund for Occupational Injuries and Diseases to ensure that relief is provided to these workers and their families as required by law.

The Federation demands that the owners and management of the construction company be held liable for the deaths, injuries and loss of earnings of these workers.  The employers must be held liable for any negligence and criminal conduct that has resulted in this horrific tragedy.

Workers sell their labour and not their lives.  They should not be treated like glorified slaves by greedy employers.

We reiterate our call that  workers to unite in order to ensure that employers do not put profits before the health and safety of workers.

Issued by COSATU Western Cape 

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