The first Political School to be held by DENOSA began with Mpumalanga on 31 July when the province hosted more than 70 shop stewards for an intensive three-day class on the continuously changing political dynamics in the country and how they should keep an eye on these changes in defense of workers.
Four speakers from the SACP, SANCO, COSATU and ANC delved into the issue of gaining rights for the workers in the workplace as a contribution towards achieving total freedom.
SACP Deputy Povincial Secretary, Nhlakanipho Zuma, said the potential gains for workers rely on the power that workers possess - unity.
COSATU Provincial Secretary, David Mokoena, cautions the shop stewards about the tricks applied by the ruling class to keep workers weak and in their pockets.
"They will ensure that not all people are employed as a way to keep competition among workers. There must be some people queuing outside firms looking for work. There must be a reserve of workers waiting to be employed as a way to manage those that are in the employment to remain tamed and not risk being replaced."
Mokoena cautioned government about its threats to reduce the number of public servants. "Now they are saying we are too much."
Other speakers included SANCO Provincial Treasurer, Phakamile Thwala, who called on workers to also be part of the community activities and jot fold their arms and allow mediocrity to lead society because it will lead it to the hills of nowhere.
ANC Provincial Executive Committee member, Lucky Ndinisa, encouraged workers to be part of decision-making in the ANC so that they can shape it towards where they hope it to go.
All speakers agreed to the call by three alliance partners for the reconfiguration of the alliance.
Speakers on Day two will include DENOSA President, Simon Hlungwani, and MEC of Health in the province, Sasekani Manzini.
The Political School will end on 2 August.