The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) will on Wednesday embark on a national day of strike action against job losses in eight of the nine provinces.
Cosatu said workers within different economic sectors in the country have over the years experienced the brunt of job losses through retrenchments, privatisation, and corruption and the federation demands an end to this regressive trend.
All Cosatu affiliates, including SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) and Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru), have thrown their weight behind the strike in all provinces except in the Western Cape.
Cosatu will be marching against the increasing levels of job losses to condemn the impact that state capture and corruption had on the lives of the poor, to fight against the outsourcing and privatisation of public and private services, and to fight against the unbundling and privatisation of Eskom.
On Tuesday, the federation noted the latest employment figures which showed that South Africa ended last year with an unemployment rate of 27.1%. Cosatu said this vindicated its position that there was no plan from the policymakers to solve our stubborn unemployment rate.
African News Agency / The Citizen