Unions Call for Nationwide Protests in South Africa

South African police expect tens of
thousands of people to join nationwide demonstrations organized by the
country’s biggest trade union federation.


The Congress of South
African Trade Unions, known as COSATU, cited two reasons for Wednesday’s
marches. Support from across the political, racial and economic
spectrum has emerged for one goal, getting the African National
Congress-led government to scrap planned tolls to pay for road upgrades
in the Johannesburg area. COSATU says that will make life more expensive
for the working class, and business doesn’t want the cost of moving
goods to rise.

COSATU also wants the
government to ban companies that supply temporary workers. COSATU says
so-called labor brokers keep businesses from creating secure,
well-paying jobs.

SOURCE: The Associated Press