Bad em­ploy­ers un­der spot­light

Cosatu to march against work­ers ex­ploita­tion

The Rep - - NEWS - ZOLILE MENZELWA

EM­PLOY­ERS who ex­ploit their em­ploy­ees, in­clud­ing gov­ern­ment sec­tor de­part­ments, mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and the pri­vate sec­tor, will be in the spot­light on Mon­day as worker fed­er­a­tion Cosatu kick-starts its May Day ac­tiv­i­ties with a march to the lo­cal labour depart­ment.

Cosatu re­gional chair­man Mongameli Man­cam said the march would start at the Thobi Kula In­door Sports Com­plex at 10am and would end with a mem­o­ran­dum of griev­ances be­ing handed over to the labour depart­ment in Robin­son Road.

“We want to ex­pose the em­ploy­ers who ex­ploit their em­ploy­ees. We are also in­ten­si­fy­ing our fight against the ca­su­al­i­sa­tion of jobs and we want to give mean­ing to the con­cept of de­cent jobs.”

Cosatu na­tional of­fice bear­ers Os­car Phaka, ANC na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber and Health Min­is­ter Aaron Mot­soaledi, SACP cen­tral com­mit­tee mem­ber Fezeka Loliwe and Sanco na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber SPD Skosana will form part of the march.

This year's theme is unity and co­he­sion “within Cosatu and the broader al­liance”.

He said Cosatu would be push­ing its cam­paigns of fight­ing labour bro­kers, e-tolls and a de­mand for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of na­tional health in­sur­ance.

The event will have Joe Gqabi Cosatu branch mem­bers at­tend­ing in Komani with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the ANC, Cosatu and Sanco also ex­pected to at­tend.

“Af­ter the march we will go to Mzingisi Sk­weyiya Hall where the main event of the day will take place at around 11am. We want to show that Cosatu is vi­brant and con­tin­ues to fight for worker rights.”

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