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Cosatu puts retirement tax strike on ice

Cosatu says it will allow consultation processes to take place and update workers on its progress.

Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) members singing and dance as they eagerly wait for the march to begin on 7 October 2015. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.
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Local Politics

JOHANNESBURG – Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says it’s delayed its planned strike against the proposed Tax Law Amendment Act, adding it will allow consultation processes to take place and update workers on its progress. 

Cosatu has been critical of the new legislation, which will affect provident funds, claiming it will allow government to nationalise pensions. 

Cosatu General Secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali says the federation will monitor government to make sure it honours its commitments or show signs of negotiating in bad faith. 

“The federation will deepen its mobilisation until all workers demands are met and we will continue to monitor the progress and keep having mobilisation activities.”

He says the federation rejects the notion that neither government nor business should be able to interfere with workers funds.

“We reject the notion that black workers cannot manage their affairs. This isn’t only an insult to workers but smells of racism.”

Ntshalintshali says the union is worried that about R92 billion of workers money is sitting in provident funds benefiting fund managers. 

At the same time, the central executive committee has decided it will actively support the African National Congress in this year's elections. 

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)

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