The Congress of South African Trade Union (Cosatu) says it’s concerned that more than 50% of South Africans are paid less than R3000 per month.
Spokesperson, Sizwe Pamla, says the amount it’s not sustainable. He was speaking during the federation’s ‘Back to Basics and Listening Campaign’ in the Northern Cape on Wednesday. Pamla mentions that they will be rolling out the ongoing campaign in all provinces across the country.
They have already been in Mpumalanga early this year and in North West, just after the 2016 Municipal Elections. Pamla says some North West employers didn’t allow their workers to go and vote.
“We have just been informed that at one of the nearby farms to the farms that we visited, workers were shot at by farmers only because they demanded an increase in their wages. This campaign focuses on vulnerable workers, which are workers from the farming sector, retail sector, security and the transport industry. We are pushing back and demand a living wage for these workers,” he says.
Pamla indicates that Cosatu has prioritised to defend workers who are exploited. He says they want to make sure that they force government to enforce and monitor the implementation of government policies and implementation.