The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says an economic national shutdown is the only language the government and other powers understand.
The trade union has called for all the workers to join the protests against job loses in all nine provinces.
First deputy president of Cosatu, Mike Shingange says despite making a commitment to preserve the existing jobs and create more positions during the job summit last year, that is not happening.
When you listen to different industries there is a talk of retrenchments so what kind of trade union would sit back and allow that thousands of workers continue to be retrenched.— Mike Shingange, First deputy president - Cosatu
Our countrywide strike is not making unreasonable demands. It cannot be unreasonable to fight to save jobs and it cannot be unreasonable to say as a country lets come together and find a way to create jobs.— Mike Shingange, First deputy president - Cosatu
The economy is not going to grow when people are losing jobs.— Mike Shingange, First deputy president - Cosatu
Shingange says they are taking to the streets to highlight the plight of the people, the economic crisis and to force the powers that be to start creating jobs.
He denies that the union is holding the country at ransom by shutting down the economy.
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This article first appeared on 702 : The economy is not going to grow when people are losing jobs - Cosatu