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SaftuThe Citizen writes that today’s nationwide strike called by the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) will be a test of strength for the relatively new federation.  

If successful, it will give them bragging rights over the rival Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu).  A successful strike would moreover allow Saftu to go into the upcoming workers’ May Day celebrations with the right to claim they are the federation that now truly has the concerns of workers at heart.  The strike is the result of an objection to the proposed national minimum wage (NMW) of R20 per hour and proposed changes to the Labour Relations Act and the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, which they say will curtail the rights of workers, including the right to strike.  The strike is also linked to Saftu’s campaign to be recognised by the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac), which negotiated the NMW and labour law amendments.  Cosatu reiterated yesterday that they would not participate in today’s strike.  Cosatu supported the proposed NMW and was party to the Nedlac negotiations where it was agreed upon.  Political analyst Dr Somadoda Fikeni said the strike could show Saftu was a viable alternative.  But Cosatu’s credibility would not necessarily be permanently damaged.

  • Read this informative report by Earl Coetzee in full at The Citizen
  • Read too, Saftu threatens to shut down SA, at BusinessLive

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