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Cosatu embarks on a national ‘stay away’ strike on Wednesday : by Xolisile Dlou

Picture sourced from the internet: Cosatu urges workers to stay at home on Wednesday due to nation-wide strike

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) will on Wednesday hold a national ‘stay away’ strike. The aim of the strike is to fight against retrenchments, corruption, unemployment, attacks on collective bargaining and gender-based violence (GBV).

The union urges with workers to stay at home rather than in the streets due to the global pandemic COVID-19.
General Secretary, Bheki Ntshalintshali said a few people will join motorcades in cities including Tshwane, Polokwane, Mbombela, Bloemfontein and more.

He further added that, “this is a call for staying at home. We are in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, we don’t want to be accused as one of those organisations that brought thousands of people to the streets and therefore make a contribution to the spread of the virus,” he said.

Deputy President, Mike Shingang said that government workers are expected to embark on go slows and conduct lunch-hour pickets from Monday, as part of the union’s fight against the government’s non-implementation of wage increase for public servants.