South African labor union to champion workers’ rights at BRICS forum


The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said Tuesday that they will attend the BRICS Trade Unions Forum in China next week and call for progress in situation facing workers in the bloc’s countries.

Cosatu International Relations Secretary Bongani Masuku said at a media briefing in Johannesburg, “In all our declarations, as BRICS trade unions, we have insistently placed job creation through industrialization and building the manufacturing base, prioritization of food security through agriculture and the accessibility of IT for all countries and people, to enhance sustainable development and social progress.”

asuku said the South African labor federation will focus on, “Deepening and advancing the interests of poor and developing countries, particularly, Africa and the global south, in this era of heightened imperialist globalization, particularly in the areas of policy and research development, trade and food security.”

Cosatu will also focus on decent work, workers rights and more organization and unity of workers to bargain effectively and improve their working and living conditions in the BRICS countries.

“Increased co-operation between BRICS trade unions and countries to advance our collective interests in a world dominated by narrow interests of a few. These engagements are very critical to the progress required for BRICS to be on a different level in the context of the global crisis and the situations facing workers in our various countries,” he added.

BRICS Trade Unions Forum meeting will take place in China, on July 24-27, 2017. The 9th BRICS Heads of states Summit shall be held in Xiamen, in September 2017 under the theme “BRICS: Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future.” Enditem

Source: Xinhua/

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