trade unions

Public Outrage Over e-Tolls Date

Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has expressed anger towards Transport Minister, Dipuo Peter’s announcement of the beginning of e-tolling on Gauteng’s highways on 3 December 2013.

Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) chairperson, Wayne Duvenage, states that the e-tolling system is bound to fail, as it is inefficient, irrational, and would enrich overseas companies at the expense of South African motorists.

Duvenage says that OUTA believes the most equitable way to pay for the maintenance of highways would be through a fuel levy.

Waging War on e-Tolling and Labour Broking

Members of trade unions affiliated to the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), civil society and members of the public are taking to the streets against the tolling of Gauteng Freeways. Taking place on 7 March 2012, the countrywide protest will also be used to reiterate COSATU’s call for the complete banning of labour broking in the country.

Vavi Leads Anti-Corruption March

Former Congress of South African Trade Union (COSATU) general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, plans to stage a nationwide strike to protest against corruption in the government and the private sector.

In making the announcement, Vavi was accompanied by leaders of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and other independent unions that have been expelled from COSATU.

Motorists Urged Not to Pay for e-Tolls

The Congress of South Africa Trade Unions (COSATU) has advised motorists not to pay for e-tolls.

COSATU says it is angered by the government for disrespecting the decision by Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, to appoint a panel to study the impact of e-tolls.

Last week, the Premier announced a panel of 15 people to assess the socio-economic impact of e-tolls in the province, and on Tuesday, Transport Minister, Dipuo Peters, told MP's in parliament that there will be a ‘reprieve’ for the users of Gauteng's toll roads.

COSATU Slams e-Toll Reprieve

The South African Congress of Trade Unions (COSATU) says the e-toll reprieve announced by Transport Minister, Dipuo Peters, means nothing as government policy on e-tolls has not changed.

In a press statement, COSATU spokesperson, Patrick Craven, points out that, "This move is an attempt to respond to the huge opposition to e-tolls and the widespread refusal to pay them."

Craven adds that COSATU sees no evidence that it marks any change of government policy, especially since the minister told MPs this is being done to make it easier for people to comply with e-tolls.

COSATU Impatient With Govt Over e-Tolls

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) says it is getting impatient with authorities and will continue to wage war against e-tolls.

Speaking to a group of protestors who included - the Treatment Action Campaign, Bikers Against E-tolls, and the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference - COSATU Gauteng secretary, Dumisani Dakile, pointed out that, what the government is doing is trying to provoke COSATU, adding that, “If they want another Marikana we will give it to them on a silver platter.”

CW Not Investigating Trade Unions

Corruption Watch (CW), an anti-graft organisation established by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), has rejected reports that it is investigating trade unions.
In a press statement, CW which is accused by COSATU president, Sdumo Dlamini, for interfering in COSATU matters, reiterated its commitment to exposing and fighting the abuse of public resources.
The organisation further states that of 1 500 cases of corruption it received from the public in 2012, only 13 implicated unions.

Call for SA to be Industrialised

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) is calling for industrialisation to tackle inequality, unemployment and poverty in South Africa.

COSATU general-secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, argues that, “We have to stop the processes of de-industrialisation. We've got to ensure that the trade relations that are mutually beneficial can ensure industrialisation in South Africa."

Reports of Textbook Shortage in Limpopo

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, says her department is yet to receive notifications about textbook shortages in Limpopo.

This after the South African Democratic Teachers Union, SECTION27, including the Democratic Alliance, say they have received reports from various schools in the recent weeks, indicating they have yet to receive textbooks, two months is into the new academic year.

Another challenge that had been raised by SECTION27 was that of infrastructure in the province, which Motshekga admitted that it is a widespread challenge.

ANC ‘Trying to Rush Through’ e-Tolls Bill

Parliament is rushing through amendments to legislation required for Gauteng’s e-tolls with a National Assembly debate on the bill scheduled for 22 November 2012 - a day or two after public hearings and committee deliberations.

This is despite strong opposition from the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), which warned the transport portfolio committee that if the Transport Laws and Related Matters and Amendment Bill is not withdrawn and e-tolling scrapped, there will be protest action on 30 November.


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