18 October 2018


Workers demand dignity on May Day  

by: Obakeng Maje   date: 04 May 2018

Workers in Bokone Bophirima have appealed to government to stop using labour brokers, do away with privatization and employ those in Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) permanently.
These are some of the demands in a memorandum delivered on Workers Day at Mahikeng Rugby Stadium. Also known as May Day, the day’s proceedings were organized and led by Congress of South African Trade Union (Cosatu).
Cosatu delivered the memorandum to the Department of Labour and North West Provincial Government, represented by Education MEC Sello Lehari who’s also Leader of Government Business. 
Cosatu Deputy General Secretary, Solly Phetoe, said Cosatu saw it appropriate to deliver that memorandum to the provincial government and Department of Labour representatives on Workers’ Day.  
“The Department of Labour should ensure that there is law enforcement and labour relations are implemented. There are unsolved issues that workers are faced with. Public service workers at North West Health and Social Development departments embarked on a strike because of some challenges they faced at the workplace. We also have security, retail and domestic industries that still need to be transformed,” Phetoe said. 
Some of Cosatu and African National Congress-led alliance leaders that attended the provincial rally are Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, Minister of Public Works, Thulas Nxesi and ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) deployee in the province, Obed Bapela.
Bapela said it was important for workers to be given an opportunity to celebrate their internationally recognized day.  
“Workers are sending a message through celebrations and demand certain improvements. In South Africa, we achieved eight working hours method for all workers since the advent of democracy. Workers were working 10 to12 hours per day before then. According to labour laws and regulations, anything over eight hours must be treated as overtime and needs to be paid for,” he said.