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South African Federation of Trades Unions National Strike Exceeds Expectations

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South African Federation of Trades Unions National Strike Exceeds Expectations

On 25th April a national strike called by the South African Federation of Trades Unions saw massive mobilisations in cities across the country. This is SACTU's statement on the strike:

On this day 25 April 2018, SAFTU, its affiliates, our allies in civil society, workers who are members of other unions including those affiliated to COSATU, FEDUSA and NACTU, workers who are not members of any union, the unemployed, students and members of the public are marching in several city centres of South Africa in protest against the biggest attacks on working-class people, the trade unions and the poor majority of South Africans since the end of apartheid.

Workers in particular are campaigning against a ferocius declaration of war by the ruling class of white monopoly capitalists, who are trying to get Parliament to pass new laws, which will entrench poverty and threaten workers’ constitutional right to withdraw their labour.

Already the government has increased VAT from 14% to 15% which amounts to a 7% increase. They increased a fuel levy which as you know will impact on those staying far from their places of work. They have increased the so-called sin taxes on such things used more by the frustrated working class, cigarettes and liquor. They have introduced a sugar tax despite protests from FAWU that this will lead to more job losses.

The statement continues here: http://saftu.org.za/memorandum-handed-over-on-the-25-april-general-strike/