NATIONAL PROTECTED STRIKE ACTION 07 OCTOBER 2015

South Africa (Southern Africa)

COSATU is joining millions of workers around the World on 07 October 2015, which is World Day for Decent Work. #COSATU4DecentWork

Our National Action, which will take the form of marches and demonstrations in the City Centers and Locals of our Provinces throughout the country, is legal and protected as per the Labour Relations Act.

This follows a deadlock on our demand for SCRAPPING of the E-tolls and provisions for a safe, reliable, affordable, integrated and accessible Public Transport system.

This action is open to all workers and members of Civil Society.

At the same time as we protest against E-tolls and provision for a Public Transport system, we are campaigning for;

Value Added Tax (VAT) Increase:

• We demand that Treasury should reject the Davis Tax Commission (DTC) proposals to increase Value Added Tax (VAT) and the consideration of additional items for VAT zero-rating.
• Workers cannot afford a further burden of tax increase after an increase of Personal Income Tax (PIT).

Job losses / Unemployment Crisis:

• There is about 8 Million unemployed workers, who majority are young people. This is a crisis and it poses a political instability for democracy, needing urgent attention. As if this is not enough, workers demands for wage increases, is met with notices of retrenchments of thousands of workers affecting their families and in particular their childrens future.
• These retrenchments are happening in all sectors of the economy, be it the mining, manufacturing, services, communications, transport etc. These are not matters of company level engagements but demanding a national response as we did in 2009 (SA Response to the Global Crisis).
• While all the stakeholders including business, government and labour are looking for solutions, employers must put a moratorium on retrenchments.

Electricity Crisis:

• The ongoing electricity crisis remains one of the major constraints in achieving economic growth and creation of decent jobs.
• We demand an electricity security supply both for economic growth, job creation and household at affordable price for our communities.
• We further demand that government should suspend the nuclear energy procurement until further engagement at NEDLAC to ensure open, transparent and participatory processes.
• We reject any suggestion of the Privatisation of ESKOM.

Public Health Sector:

■ COSATU is deeply concerned about the state of the public health sector.
■ We demand the release of the White Paper on the National Health Insurance (NHI) and an urgent attention to the problems in the public health care system.
■ While noting that the issues relating to the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act do not fall under the ambit of public health, the challenges in the Compensation Fund affect health conditions of workers.

A National Minimum Wage

• Many unscrupulous employers exploit workers and pay them as they please, because there are no minimum wage rates set for all workers.
• Trade Unions have been demanding a LIVING WAGE for many years, but we have not come close to achieving this yet. By demanding that a minimum wage is set, workers are at least guaranteed not to be exploited and this takes us one step closer to achieving a Living

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JOIN THE NATIONAL PROTECTED STRIKE ACTION ON 7TH OCTOBER 2015
COSATU is joining millions of workers around the World on 07 October 2015, which is World Day for Decent Work. Our National Action, which will take the form of marches and demonstrations in the City Centers and Locals of our Provinces throughout the country, is legal and protected as per the Labour Relations Act. This follows a deadlock on our demand for SCRAPPING of the E-tolls and provisions for a safe, reliable, affordable, integrated and accessible Public Transport system. This action is open to all workers and members of Civil Society.
Public Transport:
• COSATU has for many years now been calling for a safe, reliable, affordable, integrated and accessible public transport system.
• South Africa has a multi-faceted public transport system; but it is not well coordinated.
• The funding model used in the South African transport system is another major challenge.
• COSATU reiterates its rejection of the e-tolling system which privatises our public roads.
At the same time as we protest against E-tolls and provision for a Public Transport system, we are campaigning for;
Value Added Tax (VAT) Increase:
• We demand that Treasury should reject the Davis Tax Commission (DTC) proposals to increase Value Added Tax (VAT) and the consideration of additional items for VAT zero-rating.
• Workers cannot afford a further burden of tax increase after an increase of Personal Income Tax (PIT).
Job losses / Unemployment Crisis:
• There is about 8 Million unemployed workers, who majority are young people. This is a crisis and it poses a political instability for democracy, needing urgent attention. As if this is not enough, workers demands for wage increases, is met with notices of retrenchments of thousands of workers affecting their families and in particular their childrens future.
• These retrenchments are happening in all sectors of the economy, be it the mining, manufacturing, services, communications, transport etc. These are not matters of company level engagements but demanding a national response as we did in 2009 (SA Response to the Global Crisis).
• While all the stakeholders including business, government and labour are looking for solutions, employers must put a moratorium on retrenchments.
Electricity Crisis:
• The ongoing electricity crisis remains one of the major constraints in achieving economic growth and creation of decent jobs.
• We demand an electricity security supply both for economic growth, job creation and household at affordable price for our communities.
• We further demand that government should suspend the nuclear energy procurement until further engagement at NEDLAC to ensure poen, transparent and participatory processes.
• We reject any suggestion of the Privatisation of ESKOM.
Public Health Sector:
■ COSATU is deeply concerned about the state of the public health sector.
■ We demand the release of the White Paper on the National Health Insurance (NHI) and an urgent attention to the problems in the public health care system.
■ While noting that the issues relating to the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act do not fall under the ambit of public health, the challenges in the Compensation Fund affect health conditions of workers.
A National Minimum Wage
• Many unscrupulous employers exploit workers and pay them as they please, because there are no minimum wage rates set for all workers.
• Trade Unions have been demanding a LIVING WAGE for many years, but we have not come close to achieving this yet. By demanding that a minimum wage is set, workers are at least guaranteed not to be exploited and this takes us one step closer to achieving a Living
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COSATU
Theodora Steele - theo@cosatu.org.za