Thursday, 17. January 2019

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 World Federation of Trade Unions, representing 92 million workers in every corner of the world stands on the side of the striking nurses in Zimbabwe. The vice-president of Zimbabwe announced that: ““Government has decided in the interest of patients and of saving lives to discharge all the striking nurses with immediate effect” when thousands of nurses were fired.

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.

The World Federation of Trade Unions participates in the 45th Session of ALC which is taking place in Cairo, Egypt from 8-15 April 2018 with the participation of trade unions from the whole Arab World.

The participation of the WFTU affirms the historic bonds among the Arab workers and the International class oriented trade union movements which dates from the foundation of the WFTU.

The workers face low salaries and delay in the payment of their allowances, while many of the graduates live in unemployment despite the need of the state and the citizens for more services.

We reaffirm our position for public and high quality health services for all the people in Mauritania and we demand the improvement and observation of this crucial sector workers’ working and living conditions.

The Secretariat


World Federation of Trade Unions

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