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COSATU pursues protest action over wage freeze at the Union Buildings

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COSATU spearheaded the protest action at the Union Buildings today, which was sparked by the proposed wage freeze for public servants and the apparent opposition to its collective bargaining efforts.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) took to Twitter on Friday, 4 December 2020, to detail the protest action it embarked on at the Union Buildings. The first matter that was highlighted as the reason for the protest action was the state attempting to disregard the collective bargaining proposition it put forward.

The collective bargaining efforts have not been acknowledged yet, possibly due to the threat of unions formalising into one big body. The move could result in continued strike actions and further pressure on the government.

However, the protest action had other goals too, such as the rejection of the suggested wage freeze for public servants. Additional demands included; a call for the end of corruption, which results in jobs losses and further unemployment, safe working environments, and reliable and affordable transport for workers.

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Sabelo Makhubo
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