Today's Labour News

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newsNews24 reports that as the country commemorated Workers' Day on Tuesday, political parties, trade unions and Parliament said more still needed to be done for SA’s working class.  Rallies were held across the country in celebration of the country's workers.  

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) pledged to keep up the struggle to forge the "political weapon" of the working class.  The union claimed the ANC-led government had become an oppressor of the working class by proposing “poverty” national minimum wages.  Parliament's presiding officers said they would continue to improve the legislative landscape to consolidate workers’ victories and rights.  Meanwhile, Mmusi Maimane, leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA), took the opportunity on Workers' Day to speak about land.  Addressing farm workers at an event in Wellington in the Western Cape, Maimane said the party stood accused of opposing redress on land, but that the notion that anyone who opposed the EFF’s expropriation of land without compensation proposal was also opposed to land reform was nonsense.  The EFF said in its statement for Workers' Day that there was "no complete freedom without the land".  The EFF, while welcoming the minimum wage "in principle", said it was opposed to the set figure of R20 an hour.

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