Cosatu threatens taxi boycott

Workers federation Cosatu says it will organise a general strike and taxi boycott. That’s if government does not reverse its decision to allow taxis to operate at full capacity.

JOHANNESBURG - Workers federation Cosatu said it will organise a general strike and taxi boycott if the government does not reverse its decision to allow taxis to operate at full capacity.

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula defended the concessions granted to the industry and said without this and more support, it will be decimated.

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Cosatu said government has simply thrown workers under the bus.

The federation believes President Cyril Ramaphosa has bowed to pressure after the initial restrictions and is being strong-armed. 

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“We condemn what the president has done. This is a blatant capitulation by government," said Cosatu spokesperson Sizwe Pamla.

"They were threatened by the taxi associations and they decided to throw workers under the bus.

"So we feel strongly that the whole campaign is deteriorating into a farce.”

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Pamla said a general strike is now being seriously considered.

“We are talking about a taxi boycott but we also talking about a situation where workers will be empowered to withdraw their labour,” he said.

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Mbalula said if government refuses taxi bosses’ demands, the industry will collapse.

"The taxi industry will perish if we continue with 70 percent and 50 percent in the country. That is the reality,” he said.

The minister has warned collective action will not resolve anything, but Cosatu said it will make an urgent application for a strike to Nedlac.


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