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cosatuBusinessLive reports that Cosatu, which held a national march against job losses and retrenchments on Thursday, called on all mines in the country to be “shut down at some point” to force mining bosses to respond positively to workers’ demands.

The labour federation said the sector, which continued to reap the benefits of higher commodity prices through improved revenues, emerged from the pandemic in “excellent financial and operational shape”. The Cosatu march was against corruption, job losses, retrenchments, gender-based violence and attacks on collective bargaining. Cosatu delivered a list of demands to the offices of Gauteng premier David Makhura and the Minerals Council SA (MCSA) in the Johannesburg CBD. Addressing Cosatu members outside the MCSA offices, Cosatu Gauteng chair Amos Monyela lashed out at the mining bosses for allegedly “dismantling” centralised collective bargaining in the sector, which had allowed industry bosses and worker representatives to negotiate wages and other conditions of employment under one roof. Monyela said it was time to take the “war” to industry owners, whom he characterised as “greedy, fat cats”. He went on to say: “We are going to give them a memorandum. Post giving them a memorandum, NUM [National Union of Mineworkers] is going to make sure that all the mines shafts, if they [do not agree] to centralised collective bargaining, be closed at some point so that the demands of mineworkers are responded to positively.” MCSA senior executive for public affairs and transformation Tebello Chabana said the council took workers’ rights seriously.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Luyolo Mkentane at BusinessLive

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