By Daniel Itai, Johannesburg, South Africa
From tomorrow millions of workers affiliated to the country’s top Trade Unions are expected to embark on a countrywide industrial action due to corruption, collective bargaining and Gender Based Violence (GBV).
The industrial action is expected to have a ripple effect on both the government and the corporal sector.
“We are calling on all our members to stay at home tomorrow. Our members are going through a lot of economic challenges.
We know that a one day strike will not yield instant results but we are hoping the society will join in. The government has been tabling a lot of progressive resolutions but they are not bearing any fruits we need that to change,” said Bheki Ntshalintshali, General-Secretary of the Congress of South Africa Trade Unions (COSATU).
Although COSATU is seemingly going head on against its Alliance partner, the African National Congress (ANC), which is the governing party, Ntshalintshali said staying in the Alliance was based on its members not the leaders.
“There is a lot of history involved and staying in the Alliance is not up to the leadership but the members. We are in a democratic state and we have to abide by the will of the people,” added Ntshalintshali.
However, COSATU members will not be marching in the streets citing COVID-19 regulations.
Regardless, other Trade Unions such as FEDUSA, NACTU and SAFTU will have their members on the streets with SAFTU expected to continue with the industrial action until November unless their demands are met.