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COSATU calls off stayaway planned for tomorrow 5 Oct 2011

Monday, 03 October 2011   (0 Comments)
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Unions livid at calling off of strike against brokers
03 Oct 2011 | Anna Majavu | 

SEVERAL trade unions are fuming over Cosatu's decision to call off its national strike against labour brokers set for Wednesday.

According to sources the federation will announce the "indefinite postponement" of the strike at a press conference in Johannesburg today.

One source said Cosatu head office had sent letters to its affiliates last week, postponing the strike indefinitely but instructing them to continue "mobilising workers" against brokers.

But a National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union negotiator said Cosatu's head office had "left the union in limbo" for the past five weeks by refusing to say whether the strike was on or off. "
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa reportedly sent Cosatu a formal letter "lodging their dissatisfaction" at the postponement.

But the Communications Workers Union (CWU) seemed unaware that the strike had been postponed..
CWU spokesman Matankana Mothapo urged all CWU members to take part in the strike.
"Those in power seem to be wishy-washy and ambivalent when labour brokers have to be banned, whereas when the Scorpions had to be banned we saw decisive leadership," Mothapo said. Mothapo was referring to a promise made by former labour minister Membathisi Mdladlana in December 2008. Mdladlana told residents of Langa, Cape Town, in an elections walkabout that if they voted for the ANC, the party would ban labour brokers.

National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) spokesman Lesiba Seshoka confirmed that the anti-labour broking strike had been postponed but said NUM would pour its energies into its own planned "total shutdown of mining and construction houses over health and safety problems" tomorrow.

Cosatu spokeswoman Phindile Kunene refused to confirm that the strike had been postponed, saying the media should wait for this morning's press conference to find out.

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