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cosatuThe Citizen reports that Cosatu plans to bring economic activities in eight provinces to a complete halt on Wednesday to highlight the plight of workers.  

The labour federation indicated that the national shutdown had intentionally been planned to take place ahead of the finance minister Tito Mboweni’s budget speech to enable him to respond to labour’s concerns about job losses, which should guide his distribution of resources.  The march in the Western Cape will not take place tomorrow, but on the date of Mboweni’s budget speech, namely 19 February.  Cosatu spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said they were expecting thousands of workers to take part in the mass action tomorrow.  Some would participate by simply staying at home and not going to work, while others would join picketing in major cities in eight provinces.  He indicated that the point of the strike was to bring everything to a halt and cause as much inconvenience as possible, affecting both the public and private sector.  Pamla said that top on their priority list of demands was a moratorium on retrenchments in the mining sector, adding that the sector should come on board and discuss ways to assist struggling businesses.

  • Read Sipho Mabena’s report in this regard in full at The Citizen
  • See the schedule of arrangements for each province here

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