Saftu and Numsa march over 'poverty wage' and right to strike

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.

Read: R20 an hour is an insult to workers - Vavi

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.

Also read: Numsa to defend temporary workers against labour brokers at ConCourt

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:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Man who admitted to killing 13-year-old CPT schoolgirl handed life sentence

Man who admitted to killing 13-year-old CPT schoolgirl handed life sentence

Andrew Plaatjies was handed two concurrent life sentences after admitting to the murder and attempted rape of the teenage girl.

[WATCH] Self-professed handyma'am Julie Brunt shares her DIY tips and tricks

[WATCH] Self-professed handyma'am Julie Brunt shares her DIY tips and tricks

Better known as Jules with Tools, the DIY expert specialises in empowering other women with essential DIY skills.

[LISTEN] Black Sash in court to fight against grant deductions

[LISTEN] Black Sash in court to fight against grant deductions

The Black Sash's Lynette Maart says there is an urgent need to protect grant beneficiaries from exploitation.

Who will come out victorious? Survivor SA's top 3 get candid on eve of finale

Who will come out victorious? Survivor SA's top 3 get candid on eve of finale

They spent 39 days sleeping in the sand, eating rice, shivering through storms, and surviving backstabbing from their teammates.

3 things about airline industry practice every flyer should know

3 things about airline industry practice every flyer should know

Consumer journalist Wendy Knowler talks overbooking, flight cancellations and other airline industry woes.

I find it difficult to think Mark Minnie would kill himself, says Marianne Thamm

I find it difficult to think Mark Minnie would kill himself, says Marianne Thamm

Daily Maverick's Assistant editor, Marianne Thamm, says that nothing had previously indicated that Minnie would take his own life.

Popular articles
Pieter-Dirk Uys gets serious about money (‘Evita is my pension!’)

Pieter-Dirk Uys gets serious about money (‘Evita is my pension!’)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Uys about his attitude toward money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

'Almost alcoholics' - the blurred lines between social drinking and alcoholism

'Almost alcoholics' - the blurred lines between social drinking and alcoholism

Sobriety advocate Janet Gourand explains the differences between the social drinker and an almost alcoholic.

[LISTEN] White callers debate privilege and response to apartheid

[LISTEN] White callers debate privilege and response to apartheid

Two white callers, Matt and Stephanie, disagreed on how white people should respond to apartheid as Eusebius McKaiser facilitated.

[WATCH] Safari that could have gone horribly wrong as buffalo charges vehicle

[WATCH] Safari that could have gone horribly wrong as buffalo charges vehicle

Khabazela shares some tweets, Facebook posts and videos that have gone viral.

Gift of the Givers' Dr Imtiaz Sooliman – angel amongst men – talks about money

Gift of the Givers' Dr Imtiaz Sooliman – angel amongst men – talks about money

"I have no desire for clothes. I have no desire for holidays. I have no desire for outings. All I see is the suffering of people…"