Mass action against e-tolls only the beginning

CONGRESS of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) marched on Friday in Johannesburg and Tshwane against the controversial e-tolling system, and submitted memorandums to various national and provincial departments.

At the Johannesburg march, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said the congress was against the e-toll system and that Cosatu would continue to fight it.

 

“Today we must make it clear to the people in power that we have the same determination to ensure that they never introduce this in Gauteng or anywhere else in the country,” Mr Vavi said.

 

Vavi’s statements were met with a roar of applause from the crowd as he encouraged members to participate in blocking highways on Thursday.

 

“Workers commuting between Pretoria and Johannesburg, go to the nearest e-tolling gate and park your car there for the whole day. We want to show the government where the power lies, not in the offices but with the people,” he said.

Since e-tolling was put on ice by the withdrawal of the Transport Laws and Related Matters Amendment bill, Cosatu said that it would continue with its protest action which would include section 77 protected mass action, the blocking of highways on Thursday and other mass action running into early 2013.

The trade union submitted the memorandum with the expectation of a response by Monday from all departments.

Meanwhile in Johannesburg, Cosatu organised a march to the premier’s office and the provincial department of housing and local government. Cosatu members estimated that about 5,000 marchers were present. READ MORE…

In a recent article from IOL News, the Black Management Forum relays how the government should have approached e-tolling in light of the public outcry.

Eyewitness News reports in short the concerns raised by Congress for South African Trade Unions General Secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, of the potential for government to target other metropolitan areas in South Africa.

image credit: Eyewitness News

 

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