Monday, October 29, 2007

COSATU supports Abalone fisheries

By Marthe van der Wolf
29 October 2007

The Congress of South African Trade Union (COSATU) is supporting the Abalone fishermen and women, as new draft legislation threatens their liveliehood.

The union held an urgent crisis meeting yesterday about the Abalone quotas cuts. Cosatu had
the meeting with fishers' organisations and the Ministry of Environmental Affairs and Tourism to avert a disaster.

"We have to make sure that communities are not impoverished because government has now redrawn their rights to have access to the sea and providing for their families," says COSATU spokesperson Tony Ehrenreich.

COSATU is now working together with the communities to make sure that the government puts in place a serious plan.

"As COSATU we will go to court to stop unfair policies to be implemented," says Ehrenreich.


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