South African labour federation calls strike to protest poor economy

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South African labour federation calls strike to protest poor economy, corruption

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Monday called on all workers to stay away from work on Wednesday in protest against deteriorating economy and corruption.

Cosatu general secretary, Bheki Ntshalintshali, said the work stoppage targets the government, private sector employers and law enforcement agencies.

“The workers need to unite in defending jobs, fighting corruption as well as shortcomings of our law enforcement agencies in fighting corruption and gender-based violence.

“We are making a louder call for decisive state intervention in strategic sectors of the economy, the use of a variety of macroeconomic and other levers at the state’s disposal to deliberately drive industrialization, sustainable development, decent employment.’’

Ntshalintshali called on the government to urgently fix non-performing state-owned enterprises and urged the central bank to put in place measures to stop illegal capital flight.

The union scribe said social…



Source: Vanguard Newspaper