COSATU protests rampant mine accidents

By Staff Reporter

The Congress of South African Trade Unions, which recently refused to join the South African Federation of Trade Unions-organised minimum wage protest march, is today picketing at the Chamber of Mines in Johannesburg to demand drastic action against the deteriorating mine safety standards in the country.

According to a press release by COSATU national spokesperson Sizwe Pamla, the protest arises from the observation that since the beginning of the year the mining sector has seen more than 27 deaths.

“The Congress of South African Trade Unions and the National Union of Mineworkers will be picketing at the Chamber of Mines on Thursday to demand drastic action against the deteriorating mine safety standards in the country,” Pamla stated. “Since the beginning of the year, the mining sector has seen more than 27 deaths. COSATU invites all workers to join this picket and make it clear to the Chamber of Mines that their insatiable greed creates widows and orphans. Workers sell their labour, not their lives and the mineworkers they kill and maim carry this economy on their backs.”

Currently, South Africa is in the middle of a protracted taxi drivers strike led by the 200, 000 strong South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU), with transport workers demanding a living wage and not a minimum wage as indicated by Cyril Ramaphosa’s African National Congress-led government.