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COSATU Today | COSATU Press Statements
COSATU backs SACCAWU and FAWU strikers
The Congress of South African Trade Unions declares its full support to its members who are on strike over this festive season and pledges its solidarity with these workers who are struggling against poverty pay, racism and exploitation.
SACCAWU members at Sun International SA have been on strike since 4 December 2009 and have suffered from harassment by management and brutality by the police, which COSATU will not tolerate.
The federation endorses the support which our provincial structures in the North West and Eastern Cape provinces have already given to the strikers and pledges to mobilise solidarity action if the employers do not reach a settlement. We urge all individuals and organisations not to use SISA hotels or casinos while the dispute continues.
COSATU also backs the 2700 FAWU members employed by Amalgamated Beverage Industries (ABI) who have been on strike since 22 December 2009. We urge our members and the public not to buy ABI products, such as Coca Cola, while the strike continues. As COSATU President Sdumo Dlamini says, “Why should we continue buying drinks when workers are being exploited?”
The workers want a 9.5% salary increase, to work only weekdays, and a moratorium on the use of labour brokers, whereas their employers are offering only a 7.5% increase.
COSATU is particularly concerned at the labour broking companies that wanted to dismiss workers who have taken part in the strike. “There have been threats that labour brokers will dismiss workers who are taking part in the protest against ABI. We are warning them that they should not do this,” said President Dlamini. These threats will make the federation all the more determined to campaign for the abolition of labour brokers.
Patrick Craven (National Spokesperson)
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