Gauteng: Members of the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) have gathered in Johannesburg CBD to march against the proposed labour law amendments including a minimum R20 per day minimum wage bill.
Secretary-general Zwelinzima Vavi along with members of the union are expected to lead a march to the office of the premier and the Labour and Health Departments, as well as the Chamber of Mines.
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) lambasted the Congress of the South African Trade Unions (COSATU) for speaking at Wednesday’s mass action, saying its president Sdumo Dlamini must mind his own business.
SAFTU says it rejects President Cyril Ramaphosa as the head of the country after failing to defend the rights of employees by ensuring that fairness is restored in working environment mainly on issues of minimum wage.
“Ramaphosa is busy with his amendment bills and signing all of them the same way he has signed the minimum wage. We reject Ramaphosa… we reject him as a comrade, as a South African and as a president of this country,” says SAFTU.
According to reports, political parties including the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), United Democratic Movement (UDM) and Azanian People’s Organisation (Azapo) are also expected to partake on the strike.
Azapo’s Maku Naroka says, “Concerns that have been raised by SAFTU are legitimate. The minimum wage, as proposed by the government, will entrench poverty in our people. We felt that we have to be here and support this crucial course, “says Naroka.