[LISTEN] Saftu, Nactu and Fedusa speak ahead of the planned national strike
The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) General-secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has slammed Cosatu over it's suggestion that a minimum wage of R20 per hour should not be dismissed.
Saftu has called on workers across the country to stay away from work on Wednesday and join the nationwide strike against the proposed national minimum wage and amendments to labour law.
The federation will march through Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein and Polokwane.
Sharing Cosatu's views on the proposed wage, spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said: "A lot of work has gone into it and it is unfortunate when you hear people being dismissive. At the end of the day we are a byproduct of this exploitative economic system, for us to transform it we first have to engage with it."
Vavi says the federation appears to share the same sentiments of Business Leadership South Africa.
If the spokesperson of Cosatu had time, he must go back to the resolutions of 2012 congress and he will find that there are 11 clear resolution of the congress that talks about what we mean when we say we need a second phase of radical economic transformation.Zwelinzima Vavi, General Secretary of the South African Federation of Trade Unions
Vavi says they are asking for the R12 500 wage which striking mine-workers died for in Marikana.
That is what has inspired the South African workers. We can negotiate that but what we cannot do is negotiate a figure way below the national minimum living level.Zwelinzima Vavi, General Secretary of the South African Federation of Trade Unions
There has been some contention surrounding the negotiation process with Saftu saying it was 'kicked out'.
Click on the link below to hear what Fedusa, Nactua and Cosatu had to say on the matter....
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