Nactu advises on-duty members not to join anti-corruption march

Nactu has 19 affiliates, & has called on all its members & supporters who are not at work to join.

FILE. Supporters of the Right to Know (R2K) campaign are picketing outside the Johannesburg Stock Exchange against corporate corruption, which the NGO says has cost South Africa R700 billion in 20 years. Picture: Shayne Robinson.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Council of Trade Unions (Nactu) says it will not advise its members to take part in the Unite Against Corruption march on Wednesday because the protest does not provide protection for workers against disciplinary action.

National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) secured a strike certificate from National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac), on Friday but this is only valid for mass action that takes place after 8 October.

Nactu has 19 affiliates and has called on all its members and supporters who are not at work to join the demonstration.

Nactu President Joseph Maqhekeni says the union won't expose its members to potential warnings at work but it will be represented.

"Our guys who are at work, we cannot put them in the lion's den so they will not be there. Our flags will be held up high by those who are able to do it because they are not at work."

Earlier today, organisers of the anti-corruption marches in Cape Town and Pretoria said they've been sabotaged by the Nedlac, which has given them two weeks to embark on a protected strike.

They said they applied on time to Nedlac for a protected strike, but say the organisation considered their application late in an effort to stop the march from going ahead.