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cosatuANA reports that labour federation Cosatu on Tuesday distanced itself from a planned national strike against the proposed national minimum wage (NMW) and strike-related amendments to labour laws.  

Cosatu’s rival, the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) will be embarking on a general strike on Wednesday over what it termed “the biggest attacks on working-class people, trade unions and the poor” since the end of apartheid.  Saftu has urged unions aligned to Cosatu to also join.  But Cosatu said it was concerned by “misleading statements” from some Saftu leaders over its participation.  “We want to make it clear that … Cosatu is not part of the planed strike.  We condemn the mischievous attempt to confuse our members by Saftu.  Cosatu supports the national minimum wage and we have no reason to strike over something that will benefit the workers,” it said in a statement.  It went on to say:  “The minimum wage will be a huge achievement that will see wages rise for the 47 percent of workers, or six million, who earn less than R20 an hour currently.  This represents the foundation that will help us build towards the goal of a living wage.”

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