The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) supports the Congress of South African Trade Union (COSATU) call on all South African workers to join millions of workers from across the world in marking the International Day for Decent Work tomorrow, Friday 7th 2016.
These on-going struggles for decent work are comprised by the need to urgently attend to the many varying issues negatively affecting workers across many countries, with many working under labour brokers, unsafe conditions, and earning minor salaries in the midst of continued rises in the costs of living.
We are fully behind the demand for accessible, affordable, safe and reliable public transport and the immediate scrapping of E-tolls.
Workers should know that this is a legally protected strike under Section 77 of the Labour Relations Act, meaning that the COSATU has done all the necessary arrangements applying for the protection of all workers at Nedlac. All employed South Africans, with the exception of emergency workers, are permitted to take a day off on Friday; and join a strike without any fear of victimization. We are also calling for workers, who are being intimidated by employers to go and report to the nearest COSATU offices.
We are content that the demands to be raised by our federation COSATU, as tabled below, will be resolved through the unity workers keep forging working class unity.
- Demand the total banning of the labour brokers.
- Fight in defence of our Jobs and against retrenchments.
- Demand the implementation of the Legislated National Minimum Wage.
- Fight to defend and protect our Collective Bargaining Agreements.
- Fight for compliance with Occupational Health & Safety Standards in all workplaces.
- Fight for the implementation of the NHI.
- Fight for the scrapping of the Taxation Amendment Law.
- Demand the implementation of Free Education.
Issued by POPCRU on 06/10/2016