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SaftuBusinessLive reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) says the proposed National Minimum Wage (NMW) of R20 an hour or R3,500 a month will entrench "the apartheid wage structure", while amendments to the Labour Relations Act will limit the right of workers to strike.  

It says a living wage should be about R12,500 a month.  Members of the federation marched to Parliament on Thursday to defend the "workers’ right to strike" and to "fight for a living wage".  Opposition was expressed to amendments to the Labour Relations Act that would require unions to ballot their members before a strike.  The proposed amendments should be sent back to the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) for review, while Saftu should be given a seat at the council, it said.  Saftu also expressed unhappiness about the value-added tax (VAT) increase and has resolved to embark on rolling mass action to “defend workers and communities from these neoliberal attacks."  Meantime, rival federation Cosatu also protested outside Parliament on Thursday to register its concern about corruption, the VAT increase, the water crisis in Cape Town, the poor public transport system and the delay in the implementation of the NMW.

  • Read this report by Bekezela Phakathi in full at BusinessLive

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