COSATU is concerned about the matter of EThekwini Buses as appeared in the news paper on Wednesday, 14 January 2015.
As COSATU in the Province of KwaZulu Natal we fully agree with the South African Communist Party that the people of EThekwini were misled on the issue of the outsourcing of these Buses. COSATU emphasizes that its position on this matter is known and remains the same. COSATU has been in the forefront of raising the voice of the poor people of EThekwini, especially the workers and the commuters from poor communities who were highly affected by the decision of the municipality. Our position stands, that the decision to outsource such an important service was a wrong one and it remains wrong. And therefore we support any attempts made that seek to retain the buses under the authority of the municipality.
It is clear that when such decisions are taken as a Labour movement that represents workers whose majority is poor, we suffer a double jeopardy. Workers are the ones who mostly use the public transport, meaning that it has to be effective and efficient for purposes of comfort, safety, punctuality and cost effectiveness.
The key to decide about the future of EThekwini busses resides with the leadership of the ANC. In this vein EThekwini EXCO and ANC leadership must speed up a resolution of this matter. There have been a number of interventions and timeframes undertaken that could not provide any sustainable solution to the matter, and the fact is that no problem can stay with us for years without it being resolved amicably.
As COSATU we raise these matters because our members in SATAWU are directly affected with the failure to make or implement such decisions. The quicker the matter is resolved the better, since will assist workers to know about their fate and develop an appropriate approach to the current challenges facing them at Tansnat hence we say this matter needs a decisive leadership.
In the engagement between Tansnat as an Employer, EThekwini municipality and our Union leadership on the issue of liquidation, COSATU is positive that an amicable solution could be reached, depending on the political will to resolve. We hope for the full support of the ANC in ensuring that any intervention made addresses the interests of the poor commuters and workers. Our Second Radical Phase should be about making real change to the way we do our business and bring positive change to our poor people.
Issued by COSATU KZN
Source : Congress of South African Trade Unions