Monday, 21. May 2018

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is horrified at the attempted assassination of the Deputy President of the National Teachers Union, Allen Thompson. He was shot in the shoulder and is recuperating in Hospital. SAFTU wishes his a full recovery.

In a statement, NATU President, Siphosethu Ngcobo, said Thompson was shot in his vehicle near Umhlanga on Friday afternoon, 11 May 2018, while travelling from his offices in Empangeni to Durban.

The class-oriented international trade union, the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) representing more than 92 million workers from 126 countries worldwide, received with desolate report about the death of four mineworkers who died after being trapped underground for many days without any intervention at the Masakhane Mine in South Africa.

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is deeply concerned and saddened at the tragedy at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Masakhane Shaft at  the Driefontein mine in Westonaria.

13 mine workers were trapped underground after a seismic incident in the shaft. Six have been rescued, four have died and three are still trapped underground, two of whom are reported to be fatally injured.

COSATUThe Congress of South African Trade Unions is ready to celebrate and commemorate this year's International Workers Day "Mayday" all across country on the 1st of May 2018. The federation has about fourteen marches and rallies all across the country; this will ensure that workers are involved and are able to participate in the celebrations. Our National May Day rally will be in Nelson Mandela Bay Metro at Isaac Wolfson Stadium and will be addressed by the President of COSATU S"dumo Dlamini, President of the ANC Cyril Ramaphosa, General Secretary of the SACP Cde Blade Nzimande and SANCO President Cde Richard Mdakane.

The South African Federation of Trade Unions has noted the decision of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Labour to refer the National Minimum Wage (NMW) Bill back to the Department of Labour to be redrafted so that it includes the public input received by the committee.

One of the public’s submissions was that made by SAFTU on 17 April 2018, and the federation will seek to ensure that our views are reflected in the new draft.

More evidence is now emerging to support the view of the South African Federation of Trade Unions that the epidemic of corruption and fraud which has spread throughout the country involves far more, and far bigger, players than former President Zuma, the Gupta family and the CEOs of some state-owned enterprises.

SAFTU condemns the appalling levels of corruption in the public sector but believes that it is just as rampant in the private sector where it is an inherent feature of a monopolised capitalist system.

The South African Federation of Trade Unions pledges its total support for the bus workers who went on strike today, 18 April 2018.

The unions are standing firm against companies who, like so many employers these days, have been intransigent and have consistently frustrated attempts to negotiate a settlement.

The unions’ demand are extremely reasonable and fully justified.

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is shocked by the report that government spending on basic education per learner over the past seven years has declined by 8% in real terms.

Total expenditure on education, in money terms, over the last seven year has increased by the rate of inflation, about 7% a year, but in this period there was a big increase in the number of new learners, as a result of a sharp rise in the birth-rate between 2003 and 2005, which only came down slightly in 2008.

The over 92 million member international class oriented World Federation of Trade Unions, the WFTU is resolute against imperialist and capitalist policies which are centric to the water crisis that befallen the working class and the toiling masses of South Africa in recent times. Through our class affiliated trade union organisations we have witnessed the calamitous impact of this crisis which has imposition new and insufferable burdens on the South African working class and their families.

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