Giant South Africa union announces new strikeBy XINHUA | Friday, April 20 2012 at 14:44
The South African biggest trade union federation on Thursday announced it plans national large-scale protests against Gauteng e-toll set to be commissioned on April 30.
Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), the biggest trade union federation in South Africa, said it will mobilise about two million workers countrywide to launch national anti-e- toll protests, the South African Broadcasting Company (SABC) reported.
As e-tolling is officially launched by the richest eastern province of Gauteng on its free highways on April 30, workers in the country will protest against the act of highway "robbery" in the forms of marches, pickets, rallies and freeway blockades, the Cosatu said.
In the northern province of North West, a night vigil will be conducted at a toll gate. In the central province of the Free State, lunch hour pickets will take place.
In the southern province of the Eastern Cape, marches will be conducted. In the administrative capital of Pretoria, a night vigil is planned at the Department of Roads and Transport building.
In Gauteng, several freeways will be blockaded, said the Cosatu.
It will be the largest worker protest since 1994, according to the Cosatu.
On Thursday, the South African government warned against breaking the law and infringing rights. The government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said as long as the rule of law is supreme, there is no problem
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