'Tomorrow's national strike will be well marshalled, peaceful and orderly'
The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) has stated a number reasons which led to a nation-wide protest on Wednesday.
Saftu spokesperson Patrick Craven says one of the reasons the federation has called a nationwide strike is that government is not listening to unions. He says the new labour laws introduced were approved without consultating Saftu.
Now, the new laws have been referred back to the Department of Labour, but there is no certainty that our contribution will be incorporated.Patrick Craven, Saftu Spokesperson
We are now on high alert. Tomorrow is only a starting point to dealing with the two pieces of legislation - which is the proposed minimum wage which is introducing and legitimatising a poverty wage, and amendments to various labour laws which we believe are going to make it difficult for workers to exercise their democratic rights.Patrick Craven, Saftu Spokesperson
Craven says they are expecting a big turnout from workers in various sectors.
He rubbished some messages making rounds on social media suggesting that there might be violence and that people need to be careful and protect their vehicles.
The organisers of the marches will ensure that they are well marshalled, peaceful, orderly and there is absolutely no reason anyone should feel they are in danger.Patrick Craven, Saftu Spokesperson
#SaftuStrike will announce a nationwide general strike and marches throughout the country to “protest against the proposed poverty-level national minimum wage of R20 an hour and amendments to labour laws which will destroy workers constitutional right to strike”.— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) April 23, 2018
To hear the rest of the interview with Saftu's Patrick Craven, listen below:
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