Cosatu vows mass action over tax laws

Trade federation Cosatu has vowed to take mass action until the new tax rules are scrapped.

Speaking at media briefing on Thursday, Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini hit out over the new ‘Tax Administration Amendment Bill’ that was signed into law by President Jacob Zuma last month.

Dlamini said that “there was no consultation on this matter. Government would have steamed ahead without taking our own views over this matter, in particular Cosatu views.”

The Cosatu chief said that he would call for mass action if government did not address the matter.

“Going forward we shall act urgently to mobilise workers and galvanize workers,” Dlamini was quoted as saying by eNCA.

“We’ll also include provincial marches. This will be in preparation of  a massive general strike, that is meant to coincide with the implementation of this law which is the first of March 2016 subject of course to the Nedlac engagement tomorrow (Friday).”

Dlamini however said that President Zuma could avoid being as weak as he is perceived if he listens to the people by scrapping the law.

The new tax laws, which come into effect on March 1, will only allow employees to access one third of their pension in cash, while th rest will be paid out in installments upon retirement.