Saftu: Government Caused Mass Poverty

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Annie Cebulski

All workers must rise up and strike against the mismanagement of South Africa.

This is the call from the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu).

They have vowed to file for secondary strike notices in support of the engineering wage dispute.

Saftu says that the plight of Numsa affiliated workers in that sector is an example of the impact that government’s pro-capitalist policies are having on the country’s workforce.

The union says that President Cyril Ramaphosa and then Finance Minister Tito Mboweni had lied about a R 500 billion fiscal stimulus.

Saftu spokesperson, Trevor Shaku says this money was drawn from public sector workers’ wages and benefits.

Shaku says that the government had also allowed for money to be squandered through corrupt tenders.

The date for Saftu’s strike action has not yet been confirmed.

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October 17, 2021
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