tThese were the words by Congress of South African Trade Union at their march to in Johannesburg today.Cosatu planned the strike on the International Day of Decent Work which is on the 7th of October every year.
Cosatu said the MMC for transport must be charged for employees’ late coming because h is failing to provide reliable transport environment to the working class.
“We are calling Cde Vadi to make sure that we get safe,affordable and reliable public transport” they said.
The march started at Cosatu House where workers gathered in the morning and proceeded to City of Joburg where a memorundum was handed to the mayor Herman Mashaba whom they castigated for trying to undermine the workers through FMF.Herman Mashaba led a group of business people in their bid to undermine the Labour Relations Act which he lost the case in North Gauteng High Court this year
Cosatu demanded scrapping of e-tolls,access to affordable transport,banning of labour brokers and the implementation of national minimum wage and called on the treasury to keep their hands of their provident funds.
The General Secretary of Cosatu Bheki Ntshalintshali took a swipe at the ANC for failing to listen to the people of Gauteng saying this is what caused. Them to lose in the local government election in August.”The people of Gauteng don’t want e-tolls,”he said.
Affiliates of Cosatu heeded the call for Cosatu to take to the streets nationwide to take the word to the government to listen to the people who voted then into power.The federation also rendered their support to the students’ call for free education for the poor.