End job shedding, says CWU demonstrators

The union is picketing near Parliament today & has called on govt to safeguard jobs in their industry.

The Communication Workers Union demonstrated outside Parliament in Cape Town on 23 February 2016. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has called on government intervention to safeguard jobs across the telecommunications industry.

Waving posters that read "End job shedding" and "No to labour brokering", a handful of union members line Church Square ahead of today's Budget speech in Parliament.

Demonstrators say the industry is suffering due to among others mass Telkom retrenchments, the Post Office cash flow crisis and labour brokering.

The union's Aubrey Tshabalala said, "We are very concerned. I think that's why we are here. It seems like they have the habit of listening to business community versus those of have voted for them versus the working class."

The group has vowed to roll out mass action failing government's commitment to improve the conditions of workers.

The union will also hand over a memorandum of concern to a representative of the Department of Telecommunications.