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COSATU welcomes move to lockdown adjusted alert level two

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COSATU has issued a response to the country’s move to lockdown adjusted alert level two, urging citizens to vaccinate to save the economy and noting some issues with the UIF.

On Sunday, 12 September 2021, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) issued a statement on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to move the country to adjusted alert level two. The federation welcomed the speeding up of vaccinations, but noted with worry the many people who have yet to get vaccinated.

COSATU stated that it is only through achieving mass population immunity that the economy will be saved. It further stressed that the economy could not afford to continue operating under lockdowns, as well as the fact that there are not enough Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) resources to help provide relief to workers.

The federation also welcomed the easing of some restrictions, as this could aid in providing relief to badly affected sectors of the economy, enabling jobs to be saved and workers to be paid. Additionally, COSATU called on the Department of Employment and Labour to intervene in the UIF crisis.

Mahlohonolo Lakaje
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