Tuesday, 19. June 2018

On Saturday 16 June, the South African Federation of Trade Unions will join millions of South African in honouring the memory of the young heroes and heroines who sacrificed their lives on this day in 1976 in Soweto.

Between 5,000 and 15,000 students walked out of their schools and assembled for a march to Orlando Stadium to protest against the Afrikaans Medium Decree, which declared that all black children should be taught equally in English and Afrikaans.

The World Federation of Trade Unions representing more than 92 million workers around the world, fully supports its affiliated organisation in South Africa: National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) for its decision to call for a total shutdown in Eskom electricity company.

The South African Federation of Trade Unions strongly condemns the assassination  of S’fiso Ngcobo, chairperson of the eKukhanyeni branch of community group Abahlali baseMjondolo, in Marianhill, KZN.

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is not joining in the euphoria over President Ramaphosa’s completion of 100 days as President of South Africa. This ‘Ramaphoria’ is misplaced.

The federation welcomed the resignation of former President Zuma, but immediately warned that the new president would not usher in a ‘new dawn’ for the working class and the poor majority of South Africans.

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.

As royals of Swaziland continue to make luxurious spendings from the people’s taxes, the Communist Party of Swaziland released a condemning statement 

As featured in AllAfrica news portal with the headline “Swazi Royals Spend, Spend Spend” King Mswati, the absolute monarch of Swaziland, one of the remaining absolute monarchies, wore a watch worth US$1.6 million and a suit beaded with diamonds to his 50th birthday party.

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.

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