UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

COSATU ANTI-PRIVATISATION STRIKE

STATEMENT ISSUED BY NELSON RAMODIKE, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR LABOUR

The national anti-privatisation strike of Cosatu is founded on good intentions but will fail to realise any of these intentions, because Cosatu cannot credibly question the policies of its own governing alliance.

The fact of the matter is that Cosatu have abdicated their right to dissent and their right to voice the concerns of workers by staying in alliance with the ANC. Cosatu needs to heed this sentiment as has been raised by many analysts and commentators.

Until such a time as Cosatu disentangles itself from an alliance which does not recognise Cosatu's ideology, needs or aspirations, it will continue to lose credibility. This loss of credibility dooms to failure their good intentions with this strike. Failure to end this unhappy alliance constitutes a huge disservice, not only to the workers that must be Cosatu's first priority, but also to the country as a whole.

Enquiries:
Ms Annelizé van Wyk, MP
UDM Caucus Liaison Officer
082 557 4184

Cape Town
29 August 2001