‘This strike only the be­gin­ning’

The New Age (Northern Cape) - - POLITICS - DEN­NIS CRUY­WA­GEN den­nisc@the­newage.co.za

THE Cosatu strike planned for Septem­ber 27 is only the be­gin­ning and an­other is planned for Oc­to­ber, says the trade union fed­er­a­tion’s na­tional trea­surer Freda Oosthuy­sen.

Speak­ing at a work­ers’ rally in sup­port of ANC pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Cyril Ramaphosa, she said Cosatu has filed a Sec­tion 77 no­tice in terms of the Labour Re­la­tions Act to strike later this month.

Among the rea­sons for the strike she said were work­ers’ ab­hor­rence of state cap­ture, cor­rup­tion, labour bro­kers, etolls, poor and un­safe pub­lic trans­port, ed­u­ca­tion, health and job losses.

“On Septem­ber 27 there is no turn­ing back. We are go­ing to make the streets red. It is a na­tional stay­away,” Oosthuy­sen said on Wed­nes­day.

“This is only the be­gin­ning, the first day of mass ac­tion. If we don’t achieve our goals on Septem­ber 27 we’ll come back in Oc­to­ber. Cosatu says to the ANC, tell your No 1, ‘step aside Com­rade JZ’.”

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