Trade union

Another Protest Against e-Tolls

Very few people in the African National Congress support the tolling of Gauteng's highways, according to the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).

COSATU’s Gauteng secretary, Dumisani Dakile, points out that, "This thing it has never been placed in any gathering of the ANC [African National Congress]."

Manuel Criticised Over ‘Apartheid’ Comment

The National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU) has placed some of the blame for service delivery problems on Minister in the Presidency, Trevor Manuel, after he raised concerns about the civil service.
NEHAWU spokesperson, Sizwe Pamla, points out that, "What he forgot to mention was that the current government has spent the last couple of years trying to reverse some of the disastrous policy positions that he championed as the Minister of Finance."

Call for Zuma to Focus on ‘Big Five’

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) expects job creation to be one of the top priorities addressed in President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation speech.

COSATU spokesperson, Patrick Craven, points out that the federation expects Zuma to base his speech on jobs, education, health, crime and corruption and rural development.

"On decent work, we hope to hear that progress is being made on the decent work agenda, particularly in the light of last week's grim figures from Statistics SA on employment," he explains.

SATAWU Ruling 'Disappointing', FXI

The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) has described as disappointing, the Constitutional Court ruling holding trade union, the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) liable for a riot damage claim.

In a press statement, FXI says however, it is encouraged that the judgment recognises the importance of the right to assemble, by stating that the right to freedom of assembly is central to our democracy.

The court ruled that the trade union is responsible for damages caused during a march by security guards in Cape Town, in May 2006.

NEHAWU Slams De Klerk’s CNN Comments

The National Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) has demanded that former president FW de Klerk’s Nobel Peace Prize be retracted over comments he made in an interview with United State broadcaster CNN.

In a press statement, NEHAWU spokesperson, Sizwe Pamla, points out that, “De Klerk exposed himself to be an unapologetic proponent of a racist, facist system that oppressed the majority.”

NUMSA Criticises NGO on Land Issue

The National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA) has urged the Congress of the South African Trade Unions (COSATU) to work hard to ensure a 70 percent majority win for the African National Congress (ANC) in the next election, to pave the way for amendments to the property clause to speed up land redistribution.

NUMSA criticises the FW De Klerk Foundation which argues that the ANC sought to discard the country’s constitutional consensus by tampering with property rights through the green paper on land reform and the freedom of expression, among others.

National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union Comments on the 2011/12 Budget

National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) welcomes the broad thrust of the government’s spending priorities set out for 2011/12 financial year as outlined by the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, in Parliament this afternoon. We are happy that job creation and the implementation of the five national priorities set out in the electoral mandate of 2009 remain at the centre of the government spending priorities.

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