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South Africa - Trade unions to protest labour brokers

17 May 2013

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has vowed to take to Gauteng’s highways later this month and shut them down to protest against labour brokers and e-tolling, Business Day reported.

The union federation had held discussions with both the Gauteng and national governments in an attempt to persuade them to ban labour brokers and scrap e-tolls, Cosatu Gauteng secretary Dumisani Dakile said on Tuesday.

“We have also had discussions with the African National Congress (ANC) in an attempt to deal with these two central issues, and these discussions have not yielded any positive outcomes thus far.”

He said many members of the ANC in government as well as members of society supported Cosatu in its campaign on these two issues. “We thought the matters would have been resolved by now,” Mr Dakile said. “We have then resolved to engage in a two-day action as part of the ongoing campaigns to demand the banning of labour brokers and also the scrapping of the e-toll.”

The first march, on May 24 in Johannesburg.

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