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SAFTU To Embark On Nationwide Strike Over Proposed Minimum Wage

Johannesburg: The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) along with its affiliates will on Wednesday 25 April embark on a strike against the proposed national minimum wage of R20 an hour.

SAFTU says that South Africa has a huge number of people who suffer the worst pain mainly on wage gap as compared with the executives.

“South Africa is the unequal country in the world, in which 10% of the population earns more than 50% of the household incomes while 20% earn less than 1.5%. Deloitte accountants have calculated that the average pay of executives in the country’s top 100 companies is now R17.97 million a year, which amounts to R69 000 a day and R8 625 an hour,” says SAFTU.

The federation employer’s states that the government has failed to intervene in the matter while most of the employees are still trapped in poverty.

According to reports Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant previously indicated that it won’t be possible to introduce the R3,500 wage a month on 1 May as planned, saying that Parliament is still considering public submissions on three bills that will give effect to the minimum wage.

SAFTU’s President Mac Chavalala says they want to bring the country to a standstill.

“We are mobilizing the workers, in particular against new laws which will entrench poverty and threaten workers’ constitutional rights to withdraw their labor. And we are confident that we shall bring South Africa to a standstill and fill the towns with angry workers, employed and unemployed, “says Chavalala.

The Union accused both the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) of persuading desperate unemployed workers to “agree” to accept below-minimum wages.

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