Published: Wed, April 25, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Saftu strike aims to make country 'ungovernable' tomorrow

Saftu strike aims to make country 'ungovernable' tomorrow

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) plans to bring the country to a standstill on Wednesday, as it calls a national general strike to protest against the proposed national minimum wage of R20 per hour and changes to the labour law.

SADTU has already stated it would not be participating, via a statement distancing itself from the protests.

Saftu spokesman, Patrick Craven, told Lowvelder that it was impossible to put a figure on the number of people who may participate in the strike. "Schools in the Western Cape will remain open on Wednesday".

"Numsa supports the strike and further extends the clarion call to all workers in South Africa, regardless of union or federation that organise them", Jim said. The letter said to be from the South African Police Service is claiming the "main focus of this terror" would be Johannesburg‚ Pretoria and "all major cities in SA".

"These are obviously malicious messages by people who are opposed to what we are doing".

While it is unclear how many workers will take part, Saftu is believed to have about 800 000 members nationally.

The strike will negatively affect the metal, steel and engineering sectors where Numsa has most of its members.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) will not be partaking in the strike.

- In Cape Town, marchers will assemble at Keizersgracht before marching to the City of Cape Town and Parliament.

They will be marching to the Department of Labour, the Provincial Department of Health and the Premier's Office.

SAFTU, the second biggest trade union, also held protests in Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth, but the strike was not backed by COSATU, the biggest union group, which is a government ally.

Members taking part have gathered at SABC Park and will march to the Departments of Labour and Social Development, among others. In Johannesburg, the march will end at the department of labour where a memorandum of demands will be delivered.

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