Cosatu KZN wraps up quarterly meeting

FILE PICTURE: Cosatu House in Johannesburg. Picture: Michel Bega

FILE PICTURE: Cosatu House in Johannesburg. Picture: Michel Bega

The leadership of the Congress for SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) in KwaZulu-Natal has wrapped up its quarterly provincial executive committee (PEC) meeting, it said on Saturday.

The two-day gathering, which ended on Thursday, took place amid internal problems in the trade federation, it said in a statement.

“Our PEC also took place at a time, when [our] affiliated unions had taken a decision, through their members, to challenge their employers in demand of a better living wage,” it said.

The provincial body rejected the signing into law of the e-tolling bill.

“We are quite disappointed by this move committed by our own government. This demonstrates the power and influence of private monopoly capital… which will stop at nothing, sucking the blood of the working class.”

Ruling party the African National Congress would enjoy the trade federation’s support in upcoming general elections.

“The ANC, with all its limitations, remains the political home for workers and a genuine force for change. As we have started already participating in its elections structures, we will be intensifying the campaign in the months to come.”

The appointment of the province’s new premier Senzo Mchunu was welcomed.

“We believe that as a seasoned cadre he will rise to the occasion and will improve on the excellent work done by his predecessors, cadres S’bu Ndebele and Zweli Mkhize respectively.”

Concerns over issues of road safety were raised in the meeting and members committed to reduce the number of road deaths.

On September 6, an articulated truck rammed into four minibus taxis and two cars at the intersection of the M13 and Richmond Road in Fields Hill Pinetown, killing 23 people.

– Sapa

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