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fawuFin24 reports that Katishi Masemola, general secretary of the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu), said outside Parliament on Monday that if President Cyril Ramaphosa signed a so-called sugary tax into law, "Ramaphoria will turn into Ramaphobia".  

About 120 supporters of Fawu and the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) picketed outside Parliament.  Fawu handed a memorandum to a representative of Parliament with grievances about the dumping of chicken products, the sugar tax, proposed liquor laws, labour law amendments, the minimum wage, and illicit trading.  Masemola said that according to National Treasury's own study, 5,000 to 8,000 jobs would be lost if the sugar tax was implemented, which would exacerbate the current figure of 40% unemployment.  Fawu president Atwell Nazo claimed that illicit trading was costing the country 10% of its GDP and was robbing workers and the country of taxes.  He said jobs were shed and warehouses were mushrooming in the country, storing the goods imported, rather than factories being built that manufactured goods.

  • Read this report by Jan Gerber in full at Fin24

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