cosatuSaturday Citizen reports that labour federation Cosatu staged a picket at the offices of the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) in Rosebank on Friday, during a meeting on the economic crisis and job losses in the country.  

The picket aimed to express the federation’s disappointment at the mismanagement of their application for a Section 77 (protest action) strike against retrenchments, which was organised by its affiliate union Sasbo.  The nationwide banking sector protest was set for 27 September, but was cancelled at the last minute, due to the granting of a court interdict.  The picket was also intended to symbolise the workers’ anger against retrenchment in all sectors, including government. In a statement, the federation’s national spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said:  “The federation followed all processes and Nedlac issued the certificate to strike.  Nedlac was cited as a third responded in the Business Unity South Africa (interdict) application and its failure to defend its decision remains very troubling for workers, who are witnessing the decimation of their livelihoods through retrenchments.”

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