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Cosatu to launch campaign for early childhood educators

By Sapa | Jul 09, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 5 ]

Cosatu will launch a national campaign to organise vulnerable workers in the education sector, general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Tuesday.

"Today there are thousands of early childhood development workers in this country who live off inadequate stipends and who suffer appalling working conditions," Vavi said.

He was speaking a SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) conference in East London.

He said early childhood development workers were largely invisible and unorganised.

"They live in a twilight world of vulnerability, at the same time as providing a critical role in preparing young children for formal school.

"I want to seriously challenge you to think about reaching out to early childhood development workers as a highly exploited group of vulnerable workers," he said.

Vavi said educators needed to play a leading role in the union's campaign for a radical economic transformation.

"We need a transformed alliance, not the one which only comes to life on the eve of elections and immediately thereafter allows government to dictate policy and direction of the revolution alone," he said.


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Vavi is trying to accrue more members for the ANC. Seems after Vavi's drama, he is now ready to accept a post in Zuma's government.

Jul 09, 2014 8:38 | 0 replies


*sigh* There goes Cosatu screwing up education again. They do everything in their power to destroy the futures of our children and then they cry about illiterates not getting CEO salaries. I absolutely HATE what our unions have become

Jul 09, 2014 9:17 | 1 replies


MommaC - I just find it funny how vavi blatantly ignores SADTU corruption in our education system.

Jul 09, 2014 9:25 | 1 replies


unfortunately, it is funny peculiar and not funny ha-ha. The SAD Teachers' Union has all but destroyed our education system

Jul 09, 2014 9:38 | 0 replies


Vavi is not leader but a liability , womaniser , Nothing will change the fact that vavi slept with a married junior staff in his cosatu office , He is a sell out also you ask numsa

Jul 09, 2014 10:18 | 0 replies