He said the amended labour laws, which are currently before the parliamentary portfolio committee, will now force unions to navigate even more obstacles before they can go on strike, including strict rules on balloting of members, picket regulations which will prevent strikers engaging with other workers and extending conciliation procedures, even after negotiations have deadlocked. "The scandalous fact that so many employers now pay employees even less than this poverty wage in no way justifies the government agreeing to a statutory minimum which will still leave workers trapped in poverty, entrench the apartheid wage structure, and widen income inequalities even further", said Saftu general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi.
"We are quite confident that the demonstrations which will be held all over the country will be peaceful, disciplined and orderly".
All employees, regardless of whether they are Saftu members or non-unionised, may join the strike.
"The social media posts saying that people must stay indoors because the march is risky are false", said Patrick Craven‚ acting spokesperson of Saftu.
There's a bit of a panic in Soweto as commuters remain in the dark regarding the planned strike by the South African Federation of Trade Unions [SAFTU].
"We want to make it clear that".
"[We are expecting numbers] from across the board".
Some Saftu affiliates expected to join the strike include the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and The Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu). But particularly‚ we believe that the manufacturing industry will be affected‚ where we will have the biggest response. We are appealing to workers in the public sector and also in the informal sector.
COSATU has moved to dispel rumours that it is part of the strike.
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