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Cosatu to march for 'decent jobs' tomorrow

The union will embark on a one day socio-economic march in cities across the country tomorrow.

FILE: The march is also in opposition to the Gauteng e-tolling system, which Cosatu wants to be scrapped. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says its planned march for decent jobs tomorrow will demonstrate that African National Congress-aligned workers' body remains the true representative of workers in South Africa, but is not a competition to measure support in comparison with the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa).

Cosatu will embark on a one-day socio-economic march tomorrow in cities across the country.

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

The march is also in opposition to the Gauteng e-tolling system, which Cosatu wants to be scrapped.

Cosatu 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 says the trade union federation's 250,000 members have been briefed and are ready to take to the streets on 7 October.

Meanwhile, student body Rhodes Must Fall will march this afternoon against the outsourcing of cleaning staff at the University of Cape Town.

The workers claim they are ill-treated, underpaid and even after nearly two decades are still not directly employed by the university.

Rhodes Must Fall says it will represent the staff in liaising with management to address their concerns.

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