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COSATU led a national strike against job losses and privatisation

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) led a 13 February national strike, saying “when the workers demanded a strike against job losses and privatisation, the Central Executive Committee obliged.” Cosatu president Zingiswa Losi, who led the march in Durban, said “we should agree with the ANC government that you can unbundle Eskom if you want, but there should be no job losses, no electricity cost increases and no privatisation.” [Pretoria News, 14 February 2019]

Source: www.cosatu.org.za

Unions are extremely disappointed by the government's Medium Term Budget Policy Statement

COSATU has said “the plans by government to privatize state assets without consulting social partners and stakeholders will backfire. COSATU will not support privatization as this will see permanent decent jobs scrapped in favour of labour brokers and will also wreck havoc and compromise workers' salaries, job security and pensions.”

Source: www.cosatu.org.za

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