cosatuBusinessLive reports that thousands of Cosatu-affiliated workers demonstrated in eight cities across the country on Wednesday, disrupting schooling and bringing traffic to a standstill.  

The workers downed tools, protesting for job security and a moratorium on retrenchments.  They also took aim at government’s plans to unbundle Eskom, saying workers would oppose the decision, which was taken without consultation with organised labour.  In its memorandum, the trade union federation called for an immediate stop to what it described as the “privatisation of Eskom through renewable energy and closure of coal mines”.  It has been opposing the independent power producers (IPP) programme for the production of renewable energy since its inception.  The memo also highlighted moves that should be considered when the finance minister presents his budget next week.  “We need interventions that place the creation of decent jobs at the centre of the economic policy instead of relegating them to ‘trickle down’ effect.”  Cosatu will also protest outside parliament when the budget statement is presented next Thursday.


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