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cosatuSowetan reports that union federation Cosatu has embarked on a drive to ensure all workers are paid and jobs saved at companies owned by the Gupta family.  

This emerged after Cosatu yesterday met Oakbay Investments director Nazeem Howa following news that companies associated with President Jacob Zuma’s family friends may not be in a position to pay workers’ salaries after major banks issued notices to cut ties with them.  Cosatu spokesman Sizwe Pamla said after meeting with Howa that the federation had resolved to meet all unions organising at Gupta businesses.  “After that we will then make a meeting request with officials from the Presidency, national Treasury and the major banks.  We cannot sit on the sidelines while there is a risk of 4,000 jobs being lost,” he said.  Pamla added that at the meeting with Howa, it was explained to him that the Gupta’s companies, especially The New Age Media, were horrible employers and Cosatu’s efforts to intervene in the banking matter were only meant to save the workers.  At its congress in November, Cosatu labelled the Gupta-owned broadcaster ANN7 as the worst employer in the country.

  • Read this report by Mpho Sibanyoni in full on page 14 of Sowetan of 13 April 2016

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