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South African Unions Stage National Strike to Reject Neoliberal Reforms

The Congress of the South African Trade Unions (COSATU) staged a national strike dubbed as ‘National Day of Action’ Wednesday in which both unionized and non-unionised workers joined massive protests across the country.

The demonstrations seek to confront socio-economic challenges such as growing unemployment rate, increasing levels of job losses, outsourcing and privatization of public and private services, and state capture by corrupt officers.

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A member of the Confederation of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) holds a placard during a march against job losses in Durban, South Africa, February 13, 2019.
A member of the Confederation of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) holds a placard during a march against job losses in Durban, South Africa, February 13, 2019. Photo:Reuters
Members of the Confederation of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) march against job losses in Durban, South Africa, February 13, 2019.
Members of the Confederation of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) march against job losses in Durban, South Africa, February 13, 2019. Photo:Reuters
A man dances during a march by members of the Confederation of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) against job losses in Durban, South Africa, February 13, 2019.
A man dances during a march by members of the Confederation of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) against job losses in Durban, South Africa, February 13, 2019. Photo:Reuters
"According to the latest Statistics SA Quarterly Labour Force Survey ... South Africa ended last year with an unemployment rate of 27 percent," strike and protest organizer COSATU noted.
"According to the latest Statistics SA Quarterly Labour Force Survey ... South Africa ended last year with an unemployment rate of 27 percent," strike and protest organizer COSATU noted. Photo:Reuters
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) called on all its members in the mining, energy and construction sectors to participate in the COSATU marches.
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) called on all its members in the mining, energy and construction sectors to participate in the COSATU marches. Photo:Reuters
"Mines are closing operations on a daily basis. The government must immediately intervene in the mining sector to save workers from greedy mine owners."
"Mines are closing operations on a daily basis. The government must immediately intervene in the mining sector to save workers from greedy mine owners." Photo:Reuters
Since 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has been implementing market-driven reforms, the latest of which is a plan to split Eskom, a state-owned power utility that produces over 90% of the country
Since 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has been implementing market-driven reforms, the latest of which is a plan to split Eskom, a state-owned power utility that produces over 90% of the country's energy. Photo:Reuters
The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) is also joining the
The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) is also joining the 'National Day Action' due to the job losses in the educational sector. Photo:Reuters
Published 13 February 2019
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