Cosatu threatens taxi boycott

South Africa

Johannesburg – Workers union Cosatu said it will organise a general strike and taxi boycott if the government does not reserve its decision to allow taxis to operate at full capacity.

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

However, Cosatu said government has thrown workers under the bus.

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

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

“So we feel strongly that the whole campaign is deteriorating into a farce,” he added.

Pamla said that a general strike is now being considered.

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

Mbalula said that if government refuses taxi bosses’ demands, the industry will collapse. He has also warned that collective action will not resolve anything, but Cosatu said it will make an urgent application for a strike to Nedlac.

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