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SaftuThe Citizen reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa is in the firing line of the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu), which has accused him of using his old Marikana-style anti-strike tactics as he introduces the national minimum wage (NMW) and amendments to labour law.  

Saftu general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, said the proposed NMW and the rules governing strikes, secret ballots and picketing by workers smacked of Ramaphosa’s attitude as then director at Lonmin Platinum mine.  The president had been associated with having influenced the 2012 Marikana massacre in which at least 34 striking mineworkers were shot dead by police.  Vavi said Ramaphosa’s government was hell-bent on suppressing any strike of the same magnitude as the Marikana action in his pursuit of labour market stabilisation.  Saftu and its affiliates will embark on a general strike on Wednesday to protest the NMW and the amendments to the Labour Relations Act (LRA).  Vavi described the proposed NMW of R20 per hour and the strike-related amendments as a “most frontal attack” on workers.  The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) is among unions strongly supporting Wednesday’s national action.  Saftu has invited all the unions affiliated to Cosatu, Fedusa and Nactu federations to join the strike on Wednesday.

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