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vavi1Timeslive reports that Zwelinzima Vavi, general secretary of the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu)‚ said on Saturday that the debate about forming a Workers Party to unite the left political formations and progressive civil society formations could not be postponed.  

Addressing the congress of the Transport Action Retail and General Workers Union in Durban‚ Vavi said the ANC “not Zuma or Ramaphosa‚ has worsened the material conditions of the working class to a pauper status" and that this was “the second most important struggle‚ which cannot be separated from the struggle to rebuild trade unions and civil society formations.”  He also said that Sadtu needed to unite with all progressive unions inside and outside the federation‚ including civil society formations‚ to call for the withdrawal of the VAT increase.  "A series of general strikes to force a reversal of this assault on the living standards of the poor must be coordinated as a working-class response."  Vavi added that a general strike should also be called to reverse the Nedlac agreement on a national minimum wage.

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