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SaftuThe Citizen reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) has threatened a show of force on parliament’s doorstep, since they have not received a response from the government to their memorandums of demands regarding the National Minimum Wage Bill and labour law amendments.  

General secretary Zwelinzima Vavi noted that the federation had not received a response, nor acknowledgment of receipt of their demands, which included a “living” minimum wage of R12,500 a month for all workers.  He said government’s silence demonstrated the utter arrogance and total disregard of workers and that the nationwide protest on 25 April was “just the beginning.”  Vavi said the next step would be to return to parliament “both inside and outside and in even greater numbers” when the National Assembly and the national council of provinces were discussing and debating the National Minimum Wage Bill, and labour law amendments.  He indicated:  “If this fails to sway the minds of the members of parliament then we are already committed to the three-day general strike and even bigger marches that will bring the country to a halt.”  Meantime, Saftu’s NEC has decided to form the Working Class Summit, which would be convened in the next eight weeks.

  • Read this report by Chisom Jenniffer Okoye in full at The Citizen

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