About 1.3 million public servants, both from Cosatu and the Independent Labour Caucus, entered a tenth day of striking on Friday to push for an 8.6% salary increase and R1 000 monthly housing allowance.
Later on Friday, Cosatu provincial secretary Dumisani Dakile said Cosatu affiliates intended embarking on a strike in solidarity with public servants on Thursday and bringing Gauteng's economy "to a standstill".He said striking unions would target the department of finance, the SA Reserve Bank, the department of housing, Business Unity SA and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.During a briefing in Johannesburg, Cosatu said it was very concerned about the impact the current strike action had on the poor communities and the working class."We believe that government should take full responsibility for this state of affairs," said Dakile.Health institutions have been heavily affected due to the strike and demonstrated a serious need for the introduction of the national health insurance.Cosatu noted the deaths in hospitals reported by hospital chief executive officers and government officials and said "they report these deaths as if before the strikes there had never been people dying in hospitals"
The New Labour Internationalism (NLI) is about imagining and then actioning new forms of deep solidarity. In the tragic killing of the Swaziland trade unionist, Sipho Jele, we test solidarity. Let every workplace of every union in SIGTUR stop for a moment to remember Sipho's commitment and the brutality of a regime that tries to kill the spirit of democracy and labour rights in dark violent prison cells. We are united in our grieving, our anger, and our commitment to continue the struggle that Sipho's life represents across the global south.
The Swaziland Democracy Campaign-led Picket at the Swaziland Consulate in Braamfontein went on well attended by more than 200 people from all walks about of life, disgusted by the cold blooded murder of our comrade Sipho Jele in Swaziland. This is despite the very short notice given. It received various messages of solidarity and powerful addresses in front of the Acting Consular, Ernest Tsabedze who received and signed the memorandum on behalf of the Swaziland government and pledged to forward it to his seniors.