Johannesburg - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Tuesday condemned what it called intransigent employers who are allegedly threatening workers and forcing them to go to work on Wednesday instead of voting in general elections.
South Africans will be heading to the polls for its sixth general election on Wednesday to elect a new government. President Cyril Ramaphosa officially declared election day 8 May as a public holiday, urging employers to encourage staff to use the day to exercise their right to vote.
But Cosatu spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said the union federation had noted with deep concern the numerous reports from workers that some employers were forcing them to go to work instead of voting.
"We condemn all those intransigent employers who are victimising workers and reiterate our condemnation of the government's failure to declare elections day a non-trading holiday," Pamla said.
"The federation is encouraging all workers who are being victimised to report to Cosatu offices and those of our affiliated trade unions."