Wednesday, 17. October 2018

The World Federation of Trade Unions, on the behalf of its 95 million members in 130 countries all over the globe, extends its internationalist solidarity with the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union,  “NEHAWU” of South Africa, and firmly supports their strike and mobilizations that begin on October 10th, 2018, in all South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) workplaces across the country.

unoMadame President of the Session of UN General Assembly, Ms Maria Fernanda Espinosa,
Secretary General, Mr Antonio Guterres,
Excellencies Heads of State and Government,
Majesties,
Heads of Delegation,
Colleagues,
Ladles and Gentleman,

I have the honour to address this august body, the United Nations General Assembly for the first time as President of the Republic of South Africa. It Is nearly a quarter of a century since the founding father of our democracy, President Nelson Rollhlahia Mandela stood at this podium to declare that: "The millions across our globe who stand expectant at the gates of hope look to this organisation [the United Nations], to bring them peace, to bring them life, to bring them a life worth living."

The World Federation of Trade Unions, which is the militant voice of 95 million members in 130 countries all over the globe, conveys its internationalist solidarity to the working class and the ordinary people of Tanzania, after the sinking of the ferry boat in the lake Virginia that has cost the life of more than 200 persons until now.

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.

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