The SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) marched to Parliament on Thursday to object to the proposed national minimum wage and possible labour law amendments.
The minimum wage bill was due to be implemented next month, but has been delayed for further consultations.
Marchers gathered at Keizergracht Street in District Six, before making way to Parliament to hand over their memorandum to the Speaker of the National Assembly.
Numsa spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi says one of the greatest threats to the working class is the proposal to limit the right to strike.
Hlubi adds that unions and other community organisations have joined forces to fight against minimum wage of R20 per hour, described by her as the "poverty wage".
The state is trying to change the labour law to limit the right to strike.— Phakamile Hlubi, Spokesperson NUMSA
Their attacking this hard-won Constitutional right which workers had to really sacrifice their lives for during apartheid.— Phakamile Hlubi, Spokesperson NUMSA
We've had a very good turn out today. Thousands of workers have joined us on this strike.— Phakamile Hlubi, Spokesperson NUMSA
The strike is driven by Saftu and as an affiliate, Numsa supports this action.— Phakamile Hlubi, Spokesperson NUMSA
Listen to the Numsa spokesperson explain the labour issues on the table:
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