Cosatu calls on SAns to join nationwide strike against cost of living
The trade union says the only way to make the government act against the unaffordable cost of living is to bring the economy to a halt.
JOHANNESBURG - Trade union federation Cosatu is expected to hold a media briefing on Sunday morning to detail its plans for the looming nationwide strike.
Cosatu has made a clarion call to all South Africans to down tools on Wednesday and push back against the government and the private sector’s inaction to tackle socio-economic challenges.
It said the only way to make the government act against the unaffordable cost of living is to bring the economy to a halt.
Cosatu said the national strike will be a response to ongoing load shedding, fuel price hikes and escalating food prices which are crippling workers and residents alike.
The federation has called for a mass stay away - while several rallies are expected to take place across the country on Wednesday.
In October last year, the federation held a national strike over similar concerns, but the protest had little impact.
Meanwhile, the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) will embark on a national shutdown on the same day.
Workers across all sectors of South Africa economy are urged to join Cosatu national strike next week on Wednesday says #COSATU General Secretary, Bheki Ntshalintshali @_cosatu @eNCA #CosatuMediaBriefing pic.twitter.com/dN513Qfnjl— @COSATU Today (@_cosatu) August 18, 2022