GIWUSA COSATU

COSATU march against crime and fuel price increases in Cape Town on 4 August 2022. Image: Storm Simpson

GIWUSA to join SAFTU, COSATU national shutdown on Wednesday

‘The working class is being plunged into a depth of poverty that is unsustainable for the great majority of the working class,’ said GIWUSA President, Mametlwe Sebei.

GIWUSA COSATU

COSATU march against crime and fuel price increases in Cape Town on 4 August 2022. Image: Storm Simpson

The General Industries Workers Union of South Africa (GIWUSA) will join the planned national shutdown on Wednesday, 22 August. The union cited rising prices across the board as one of the reasons for its participation in the protest.

GIWUSA TO PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL SHUTDOWN

According to SABC News, GIWUSA President – and the coordinator of its Cost-of-Living Crisis Campaign – Mametlwe Sebei, said the public has expressed their sentiments about the “unbearable cost of living”. The government, however, has done nothing about it.

“The working class is being plunged into a depth of poverty that is unsustainable for the great majority of the working class,” said Sebei.

He said GIWUSA has a certificate that ensures no workers will be victimised for participating in the protected strike.

Leading unions, the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) and Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), will also participate by staying away from work or marching in certain areas.

At a press briefing on Monday, SAFTU general-secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, said there would be joint action on the ground and called on members to join hands with other workers regardless of the banners they marched under.

Vavi added that the emphasis was not on getting thousands of boots on the ground as SAFTU has managed to do in the past. The focus was on staying away from work but members were welcome to join the marches where they are planned.

He said the fact that there were no trains in Johannesburg or Cape Town meant it is unlikely that the marches will draw huge crowds.

At the start of August, COSATU held a mass march against crime and the rising cost of living in Cape Town. The Federation received permission for 3000 people to participate in the march – only a few hundred showed up. For Wednesday’s march in the City, SAFTU is allowed a maximum of 1500 people.

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