Looming industrial action by unions
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) announced that it will start preparations for a crucial strike in the first week of October.
Cosatu plans to go on strike on the 07 of October, Reuters reports. The mass action is against corruption and the fast tracking of prosecutions of corruption individuals.
On Wednesday the general secretary of the trade federation, Bheki Ntshalintshali, spoke about the reasons for the general strike. He sent a message to the president, Cyril Ramaphosa.
Ntshalintshali said, “He must stop negotiating with criminals and use the only language that they will understand which is prosecution and sentencing.”
The health workers strike was also given support by Cosatu, the trade federation is willing to stand by the planning of industrial action of the largest public-sector union in the country. The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has more than 240 000 people as members.
Nehawu had planned to go on strike on Tuesday, 25 August, for a breakdown in salary negotiations, provisioning of personal protective equipment and other issues.
Unfortunately the day before, on Monday 24 August, a ruling by the Labour Court stopped their plans. The ruling said that the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) planned industrial action this week is in breach of the relevant provisions of the Labour Law Relations act and unlawful.
Nehawu has pledged a day of mass action, on 3 September, to hand over memorandums to senior government officials.
The spokesperson for Cosatu, Sizwe Pamla had previously given support to the Nehawu for next month’s planned strike.
“We want public servants to go on a full-blown strike,” he said.
Pamla said the government is pretending that there is no crisis in the country with public servants contracting and succumbing to the deadly coronavirus.
He added gave the government a deadline saying if Nehawu’s requests are not met, the union will competently withdraw its labour force.