King of de Jungle
- Mar 17, 2005
Can't they just separate the issues for once?The Congress of South African Trade Unions will again go on a national strike on April 30 against e-tolling in Gauteng and labour brokers.
SA's biggest labour federation filed a Section 77 notice on April 16, which will enable workers to engage in protected protest action in the form of a national stay-away.
"As part of the mobilisation programme against the veiled privatisation and commodification of our roads through the e-tolling system, Cosatu will be embarking on marches, pickets, rallies, sit-ins and freeway blockades across most of our provinces," it said on Thursday.
Cosatu still insists that labour brokers should be banned but Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant is adamant that they will not, but, instead, will come under stricter regulations, as Cabinet recently approved the amendments to the Labour Relations Act and the basic Conditions of Employment Act.
The changes to the labour laws have been dogged with controversy, especially after trade union movement Cosatu insisted that labour brokers, the firms that supply temporary labour to other organisations, be banned outright.
On March 7 Cosatu held a nationwide strike demonstrating against labour broking, which it had described as "a form of modern day slavery" as one of its key issues.
The e-tolls are due to come into operation on April 30.