Friday, 02 March 2007

COSATU Pledges Support to Vodacom Workers

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) through its' Central Executive Committee (CEC) pronounced its support to Vodacom workers and their union, CWU, on Thursday, March 1st. The relevant part of the statement reads as follows:
The Communications Workers Union reported on a bitter dispute for recognition with Vodacom, which has exhibited an anti-union mentality. The union has been trying for nine years to reach agreements with Vodacom. MTM and Cell C. Vodacom now claim they have recruited more workers and therefore CWU does not have a high enough proportion of workers to qualify for union recognition. CWU has a certificate of non-resolution from the CCMA and are notifying Vodacom of a dispute. They also intend to call a secondary strike in parts of Telkom, which has 51% of Vodacom's shares.

The CEC pledged COSATU's full support for the CWU and Vodacom workers.

Read full statement of the COSATU CEC here

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