Johannesburg - The Public Servants Association and the Food
and Allied Workers Union will join Cosatu's nationwide protest against the
e-tolling system and labour brokers, the unions said on Tuesday.
"E-tolling... should be condemned as it represents yet
another tax on all the citizens of this country," PSA deputy general
manager Manie de Clercq said in a letter to the Congress of SA Trade Unions.
"The rationale for (the) e-tolling system is unclear in
that all motorists are paying a fuel levy which can be efficiently utilised in
upgrading and maintaining our public roads."
Fawu said it would join the protest to highlight the
barbaric practice of labour brokers.
"This labour broker practice has seen in some
workplaces up to 70% of the workforce being workers supplied by fat-cats called
labour brokers and earning as little as 30% of what employees on the payroll of
manufacturers earn and with huge fees paid to these fat-cats," said
general secretary Katishi Masemola.
He said workers were doing permanent work and reporting for
duty daily but earned far less than their fellow workers on the payroll and
were working without benefits in many cases.
De Clercq said trade unions were "important
vehicles" in improving the socio-economic status of their members through
opposition to labour brokers.
"A united voice should speak out against labour
broking, which violates workers' right to dignity."
Cosatu's protest is scheduled to take place on Wednesday.
Cosatu's Gauteng secretary Dumisani Dakile said on Monday
that workers could not be dismissed for taking part in the protest.
"The strike is protected... and we have complied with
the legal requirements," he said.
"We are even calling on employers to join the march and
not threaten workers."
Cosatu expected at least 100 000 people to take part in 32
marches across the country. The major event would take place in Johannesburg's
central business district.
Tolling of 185km of the N1, N3, N12 and R21 around
Johannesburg and Tshwane is expected to start on April 30. Motorcycles with
e-tags will pay 20 cents a kilometre and those without 38 cents. Light motor
vehicles will pay 30 cents and 58 cents respectively, and non-articulated
trucks 75 cents and R1.45.
Cosatu expected its provincial bodies, essential services
workers, Eskom workers, teachers, pupils, and other unions to join the strike.