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Nurses expected to down tools in support of Cosatu strike

As SA wakes up to the threat of a massive strike against job losses, nurses affiliated to the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) said they would down tools in support of the Cosatu-led industrial action. Speaking on Tuesday, Denosa said they planned to join Cosatu to express their concerns[…]

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Cosatu ready for a female president

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)’s outgoing president, Sdumo Dlamini, says workers affiliated to their unions are ready for a female to take over the labour federation’s top post. This after deputy president Zingiswa Losi was nominated unopposed for the position – making her the first woman leader[…]

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Cosatu: Further VAT exemptions may not benefit the poor

With the expert panel on the zero-rated value-added tax items having submitted its report to National Treasury, labour has questioned whether the recommendations – once implemented – will benefit the poor. In a statement, Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) parliamentary coordinator Matthew Parks overall welcomed the additional “basic[…]

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Light at the end of the bus strike tunnel?

Transport Minister Blade Nzimande and Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant will meet on Thursday with bus operators and unions in another attempt to end the deadlocked pay and conditions talks. The meeting is scheduled to start at the Garden Court Hotel beside Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport at 11:00. Agreement appears[…]

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Saftu, Cosatu differ on Ramaphosa

One wanted the buffalo slaughtered, the other heeded his Thuma Mina (send me) call. Representatives of two unions who picketed outside Parliament on Thursday had very different views of President Cyril Ramaphosa. “On your marks, get set, we are ready for Ramaphosa,” were the words which about 120 Cosatu picketers[…]

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VAT hike a disaster for low-income working class: Cosatu

Cosatu spokesperson, Sizwe Pamla says the VAT hike spells disaster for workers, who will now struggle to clothe and feed their families and send their children to school. The implementation of the VAT increase will be a disaster for the low-income working class already living on a hand-to-mouth basis. The[…]

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Mike Louw’s memorial to be held in Cape Town

A memorial service for activist and unionist, Mike Louw, will be held on Thursday night in Lentegeur in Cape Town. Louw died on New Year’s Day at the age of 60 after a battle with cancer. His supporters have posted various messages of condolences on social media sites. The Congress[…]

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ANC’s splitting heirs, says analysts

As African National Congress delegates gather this week to pick a new leader to succeed President Jacob Zuma, they face a challenge that is threatening to overshadow the contest: to stop the party from splitting.The likelihood of a break-up is probably the biggest in the ANC’s 105-year-old history, especially if[…]

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‘We want the criminals arrested’: Cosatu on Steinhoff saga

Trade union federation Cosatu has expressed its anger over the reported accounting irregularities at household goods retailer Steinhoff. Steinhoff announced on Wednesday that CEO Markus Jooste was stepping down with immediate effect in connection with the irregularities. “The federation demands swift and decisive action to ascertain what transpired and for[…]

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ANC alliance at its weakest‚ partners say

The relationship between the ANC and its alliance partners has reached an all-time low. That was the consensus reached at a meeting in Johannesburg on Thursday between the South African Communist Party (SACP)‚ the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)‚ the South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) and the[…]

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