Friday, 21. September 2018

The 13th COSATU National Congress continues its works for the third day with fruitful exchanges among the COSATU affiliates. The WFTU General Secretary, George Mavrikos, addressed the Congress, and welcomed COSATU home, at a historical moment for the South African and the world militant trade Union movement, when COSATU decided for full membership with WFTU.

Speech of WFTU GS:

Dear friends and comrades, brothers and sisters,

Revolutionary salute from the five continents.
I am conveying to you here the solidarity and internationalism of the big class-oriented family of WFTU. On the behalf of our 100 million members, we are expressing to you our respect, estimation and comradeship.

The South African CP claims to advance to a second radical phase of national democratic revolution to overcome unemployment and inequality.

South African Communist Party (SACP) Central Committee (CC) issued a statement on 19 August 2018 concerning the key challenges of the current revolution. The statement was based on the Political Report to the CC by general secretary, Cde Blade Nzimande, identifying these challenges as being two-fold:

- The imperative of advancing a second radical phase of the national democratic revolution as the only way to break out of the vicious cycle of high levels of unemployment, poverty and inequality and poor economic growth; and

- An absolutely necessary condition for this, the DEFENCE of our constitutional democracy, our progressive advances, and our broad movement, in the face of a desperate fight-back campaign by the parasitic looters within and beyond our movement.

The World Federation of Trade Unions, which is the militant voice of 92 million workers in 126 countries all over the world, expresses its solid support and full solidarity to the workers of National Chicks in Kwa-Zulu Natal, in their fair struggle and demands.

The workers have gone on strike since 8th of August 2018, demanding a wage increase of 10 %, 13th cheque and productivity bonus.

The World Federation of Trade Unions on behalf of its 92 million workers in the 5 continents of the globe, expresses its solidarity to the Bitajib’s workers who are in a strike for a week now demanding the prompt payment of their three-months unpaid salaries.

The workers of the company, including engineers, skilled, unskilled and ordinary workers, went on strike, struggling against the payment delays of the Bitajib company which took over the construction work for the jinki road.

The World Federation of Trade Unions representing 92 million workers in the 5 continents, strongly condemns the insulting wage offers by the gold producers in South Africa.

Only one day after the “proposal” of the employers, more than 600 miners were rescued after an underground fire at Gold One’s Modder East operations in Springs, east of Johannesburg. This “accident” took place hardly two weeks after six workers horribly died when a fire broke out underground at a Palabora Mining Company mineshaft in Limpopo.

The WFTU, consisting of 92 million in 126 countries in the 5 continents, expresses its international solidarity with the officials in Guinea-Bissau, who ask an increase in minimum wage and better working conditions.

The WFTU supports the struggle of the civil servants, we join our voice with theirs and we demand the respect of their working rights as well as a decent salary for their work. We ask from the competent authorities the inmediate fulfilment of their just rights.

The World Federation of Trade Unions expresses its solidarity with the citizens of the cities Douala and Limbe in Cameroon, who are suffering from the severe weather conditions. The excessive rainfall caused landslides in the city of Douala, while probably has cost human lives in the city of Limbe.

The World Federation of Trade Unions conveys its sincere condolences to the families and friends of the three sewage workers and of the citizen who lost their life two days ago, in Shibin El-Qanater, in the north of Cairo.

The workers, employed by a private contractor, suffocated by the toxic gases when they opened the sewer and fell into it.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the South African Communist Party (SACP) in the Western Cape will jointly march to Eskom, Building Industry Bargaining Council (BIBC) and the Department of Labour. Eskom will receive the memorandum at the regional offices and management of both the BIBC and the Department of Labour will receive the memorandum at the BIBC building.

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