Cosatu warns farmers who prohibit workers from voting

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has warned farmers against a claimed reluctance to release workers to vote in the  August 3 municipal elections.

The labour federation says it has visited several farms in Ventersdorp and Stella in North West where workers were allegedly refused time-off to vote in previous elections.

Cosatu says it will dispatch hundreds of members to farms on voting day, to ensure that there’s compliance.

“We will take action for any employer or a farmer who will deny workers to go and exercise their rights. We have been identifying many areas especially Ventersdorp, Stella and Groot-Marico where at the last elections workers were denied their right to go and vote.  This time we will make sure we take action for any action the employers will take. So all workers must be released to go exercise their right vote,” says North West secretary, Job Dliso.


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