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fedusa thumb medium80 85The Citizen reports that the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) has rejected calls by the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) to join a nationwide strike on Wednesday, which Fedusa has described as self-serving.  

Saftu called for the strike action in all major cities against the introduction of the national minimum wage and certain amendments to the labour laws.  “It can never be legitimate to allow highly irresponsible grandstanding to undermine lot of hard work that was put in by organised labour represented by Fedusa, Cosatu and Nactu and the social partners of business and government at Nedlac over a two year period in negotiating a minimum floor of wages in order to lift millions of vulnerable South African workers out of abject poverty,” Fedusa said in a statement.  It added that the planned strike would counter efforts that had been made to address challenges such as the high unemployment rate, low economic growth and country’s economy being downgraded junk status or sub-investment grade.  Saftu members are expected to take to the streets on Wednesday morning in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, Polokwane, Durban, and East London, to march to department of labour offices.

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