COSATU leads mass marches in Port Elizabeth and East London

OCTOBER 7, 2015

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in the Eastern Cape is expected to lead several pickets and demonstrations in Port Elizabeth, Queenstown, Mthatha and East London on Wednesday as part of a national march for decent jobs, the scrapping of eTolls among other social issues.

The mass action coincides with the International Day of Decent Work and is protected by the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac).

Cosatu is also expected to use the march to demonstrate that it remains the true representative of workers in South Africa amid competition from the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), which it expelled from its ranks last year.

President S'dumo Dlamini said, “We are not in any competition with other people in this country, we are doing this because we decided on it as by the Special National Congress. You’ll have to look into that mass and measure the strength of the organisation through mass action."

Cosatu’s Tony Ehrenreich yesterday said that the trade union federation’s 250 000 members had been briefed and are ready to take to the streets today.