Cosatu to organise 'mother of all stay-aways'

Genevieve Quintal, News24

Johannesburg - Cosatu says it will be holding the "mother of all stay-aways" on October 7.

A section 77 notice has been tabled at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac), acting general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali told reporters on Thursday.

The stay-away would take place on World Day for Decent Work.

"The section 77 notice focuses on the following job losses, the lack of accessible, affordable and reliable public transport, the proposed increase in VAT, the electricity crisis and the crisis in the public health sector," he said.

In the section 77 notice, Cosatu demanded an immediate halt to pending retrenchments and proposed that Nedlac facilitate "social dialogue" to find a solution to the job crisis in the country.

It also wanted Treasury to reject the proposals to increase VAT, Eskom to be held accountable for the delays in the building of the new power stations, the release of the white paper on the National Health Insurance, and called for a better transport system.

Cosatu was briefing media following a two-day special central executive committee meeting which ended on Thursday afternoon.

Ntshalintshali said the special CEC resolved to have an urgent meeting with President Jacob Zuma to "raise all the issues related to [the] job bloodbath faced by workers".

Cosatu President Sdumo Dlamini said the meeting focused on preparation for the congress in November and on programmes that the trade union federation would take forward.

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