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.