COSATU Leaders Stage Sit-in at NEDLAC
COSATU Press Release
1 June 2000
Angered by the persistent failure of government to take
seriously the NEDLAC discussions on South Africa's continuing job loss
crisis, the COSATU leadership this afternoon began a sit-in at the
NEDLAC offices, Nampak Building, Auckland Park.
The sit-in was triggered when government sent a middle-ranking
official (a Deputy Director General in the Department of Labour) to
negotiate with the top leadership of both business and labour.
Said COSATU President Willie Madisha, "Our country faces a job
loss bloodbath of unprecedented proportions. Almost 4 out of every 10
South Africans does not have a decent, full-time job. We can no
longer tolerate the failure of government to treat this issue as a
COSATU General Secretary confirmed that the union leaders would not
budge until government sends senior leaders to the talks. "This
is a national crisis. We demand that it be treated as such. Sending
a deputy director general is a slap in the face," he said.
Today's NEDLAC meeting was attending by COSATU President Willie
Madisha, General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, Deputy General Secretary
Tony Ehrenreich, 2nd Vice President Joyce Pekane, National Treasurer
Arlenah Rantsolase. The business delegation included the Chairperson
of BSA, the President of the Chamber of Mines and the CEO of NAFCOC.
Contact COSATU spokesperson Siphiwe Mgcina on 082-821-7456 for further
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