Cosatu mobilising for national strike over retrenchments


The Congress of South African Tarde Unions (Cosatu) is mobilising for a national strike over retrenchments, both in the public and private sector.

The trade union federation held a briefing on Tuesday after holding a two-day special Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting.

Job losses, the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI), and the embattled Public Investment Corporation (PIC) were on the agenda.

The meeting also discussed Cosatu’s upcoming elective conference.

Cosatu recently called on government to come clean about job cuts in the public sector.

It doesn’t believe the Public Service and Administration Department’s promise that there won’t be mass retrenchments in the public sector.


The Mail & Guardian newspaper had reported that 30,000 people will be laid off but the department rubbished those claims, calling it misleading.

Unions have also vowed to fight looming job losses at a number of mining houses.


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