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Nurses join thousands of workers in commemorating Workers Day

Nurses joined thousands of other workers on 1 May countrywide to commemorate Workers Day where they expressed their feelings about a number of workplace issues that are not resolved in the workplace. 

COSATU scheduled a number of rallies in all provinces. The main rally was held Kwazakhele in Port Elizabeth, which was addressed by COSATU President, Sdumo Dlamini, ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa, SACP General Secretary, Blade Nzimande and SANCO President, Richard Mdakane. 

COSATU Central Executive Committee (CEC) members were deployed in all the celebrations countrywide. DENOSA President, Simon Hlungwani, was deployed alongside other CEC members at the main rally in Port Elizabeth while DENOSA 2nd Deputy President, Thandeka Msibi, and DENOSA Deputy General Secretary, Kwena Manamela, addressed workers in Nquthu in KwaZulu-Natal. DENOSA Acting General Secretary, Cassim Lekhoathi, was deployed in the Mpumalanga rally in Ermelo. DENOSA National Treasurer, Cookie Nkambule, was deployed in the Western Cape rally held in Cape Town. 

Some of the issues highlighted during the rallies, which form part of COSATU’s priority campaigns for 2018, included:


 Fight against gender-based violence 

 Decent quality jobs 

 Recruitment, retention and membership service campaign 

 Provident fund/Social security reform

 Living wage campaign

 Banning labour brokers


 Public transport

 Opposition to e-tolling

 Anti-corruption campaign

 National Health Insurance

 Occupational Health and Safety