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ramaphosaANA reports that ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday called for equal pay for men and women in SA.  He was speaking at a Cosatu May Day rally held at a packed Isaac Wolfson Stadium in Port Elizabeth, where he was warmly received by the crowds.  

"We still find in our country those who pay men more than women for doing exactly the same type of job.  We want discrimination of salaries to come to an end so that men and women are doing the same job, must be paid equally.  This is a struggle that you as trade unions must continue to wage.  This is a struggle that you must get involved in," he exhorted.  Ramaphosa also called on workers to unite under the banner of one federation and said the right to strike should be protected.  He said that while workers' rights to protest should be protected, engaging in industrial action should be done in a disciplined manner.  On the national minimum wage of R20 per hour or R3,500 per month, due to be implemented in the coming months, Ramaphosa claimed this was a "victory" for the 6.6-million South African's earning less than R3,000 per month.  His comments came as the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu), Cosatu's rival and a fierce critic of Ramaphosa, held its own march and rally at the Lillian Ngoyi Hall just a few kilometres away.


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