The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) General-secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says there is an attempt to take away the last instrument of unions for effective, collective bargaining.
Saftu has organised a nationwide strike to voice their dissatisfaction with the proposed minimum wage.
There's an attempt to deny us of our ability to be relevant to workers because workers who can't strike can't be relevant workers.— Zwelinzima Vavi, Saftu genereal secretary
We don't want sweetheart unions. we want unions tat can still bargain effectively and raise issues of workers in the collective bargaining terrain.— Zwelinzima Vavi, Saftu genereal secretary
Vavi says no one has complained to him that workers are being intimidated from going to work. However if there are such actions taking places, he condemns them.
Meanwhile Labour analyst at Fin24 Terry Bell say this is a power play between Satfu and Cosatu.
The hourly rate is the problem because it can push a lot of workers into casual workers.— Terry Bell, Labour analyst at Fin24
Saftu is saying look; Cosatu, Fedusa, Nactu are sell outs. We are the ones who are standing for worker rights. What will be interesting is see how many workers from our unions not affiliated to Saftu turnout on this protest strike.— Terry Bell, Labour analyst at Fin24
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