2019 STATEMENTS

November 12, 2019

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) condemns the forced resignation of Bolivia’s socialist President Evo Morales and his Vice President, Álvaro García Linera.

In reality this was nothing less than a coup by the capitalist ruling class and the armed forces, supported by some disgruntled sections of the middle […]
November 5, 2019

SAFTU statement on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s second Investment Conference

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) deems the second Investment Council as a pure jamboree designed to pull wool over the eyes of South […]
November 1, 2019

SAFTU extends its deepest condolences to the wife, children , family friends following the untimely passing of an illustrious gentle giant of the journalistic craft, Xolani Gwala.

Mphephethwa as he was affectionately known ,succumbed to cancer after an arduous battle with the chronic illness since 2017. His death has abruptly put to a […]
November 1, 2019

The unbundling of Eskom, Not just a Roadmap, But a Death Trap for South Africa’s Energy Independence

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) joins NUMSA and NUM in opposing the decision to go ahead with the unbundling of Eskom. What is […]
October 30, 2019

SAFTU predicted Mboweni’s assault on workers and the poor

The Government has unveiled a total commitment to austerity measures, with Treasury especially targeting our tumultuous municipalities with the most severe budget cuts. The pleas of […]
October 29, 2019

StatsSA report – on 3rd quarter unemployment rise – demands an economic U-turn

The catastrophe of unemployment is so urgent to address, that we will not be standing on the rooftops telling this very stubborn government, we told you […]
October 28, 2019

SAFTU expects even more deeper levels of attack on the living standards of the working class from the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement

The Minister of Finance is expected to announce further austerity measures in the upcoming Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) in an efforts to please the […]
October 16, 2019

The country has been lied to; load-shedding is back – now that elections are behind us!

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) is appalled by Eskom’s announcement of load-shedding which will start between 9 am and 11 pm today the […]
October 14, 2019

SAFTU Demands inclusion to NEDLAC

The enduring 730 000 strong South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) has yet again applied to affiliate to the National Economic Development and Labour Council […]
October 3, 2019

Zwelinzima Vavi on illicit cash flows and why unions must be concerned

Karl Marx who was a revolutionary economist and a philosopher viewed the system of  capitalism as immoral because it is a system in which workers are […]
September 12, 2019

SAFTU is disappointed but not surprised that crime remains one of the biggest crises facing South Africa.

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) strongly condemns and is extremely disappointed at the crime levels which remain pervasive in the country. However, SAFTU […]
September 10, 2019

SAFTU rejects the office of the Registrar of Labour Relations that has made it illegal to embark on a “Strike Action” before conducting a secret ballot with members.

The South African Federation of Trade Unions sturdily condemns and rejects the new amendments to the Labour Relations Act setting out that there should be transitional […]
September 6, 2019

SAFTU statement on the passing of Robert Gabriel Mugabe

SAFTU sends its deepest condolences to the family, friends and comrades of the first President of Zimbabwe, comrade Robert Gabriel Mugabe who passed away in a […]
September 5, 2019

SAFTU sickened by rapes and murders of women

The South African Federation of Trade Unions expresses its anger and disgust at the recent rapes and murders of women in the Western Cape – UCT […]
September 3, 2019

SAFTU is relieved that the South African economy dodged a recession

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) is relieved that the South African economy dodged a recession but warns that the economy is far from […]
September 2, 2019

SAFTU calls on the working class to unite against their real enemies and to cease attacks on each other

SAFTU is once more forced to release another statement to express its disappointment at the flaring up of attacks directed against the foreign nationals and their […]
August 30, 2019

SAFTU rejects Mboweni’s economic strategy plan

The South African Federation of Trade Unions vehemently rejects Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s attempt to find a solution to the country’s economic crisis in his paper […]
August 29, 2019

SAFTU condemns snail’s pace of employment equity progress

The South African Federation of Trade Unions deplores the fact that 20 years after the passing the Employment Equity Act, the latest report of the Commission […]
August 26, 2019

The statement of the National Executive Committee of SAFTU

The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) met in its ordinary session on the 21 – 23 August 2019 […]
August 19, 2019

Unite workers and the poor against xenophobic attacks, says SAFTU

“The working men have no country.” “The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. Workers of all countries, unite!” (The Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx […]
August 16, 2019

SAFTU statement on 7th anniversary of Marikana Massacre

“The state is nothing more than the form of organisation which the bourgeois necessarily adopt both for internal and external purposes, for the mutual guarantee of […]
August 5, 2019

SAFTU condemns the blackout of local soccer by the public broadcaster

SAFTU is dismayed that the capitalist greed, neoliberal and austerity programmes have combined to mean that ordinary South Africans could not watch South Africa’s number one […]
August 1, 2019

SAFTU calls for extraordinary interventions to stop South African reaching the rock bottom and a point of no return!

South Africa is fast approaching a point of no return, which threatens to place it on the precipice of an explosion, the risk of which we […]
July 31, 2019

SAFTU in solidarity with Northern Ireland workers occupying the Harland and Wolff shipyard to save jobs and skills!

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) declares its solidarity with workers in Belfast, Northern Ireland, who have been occupying the Harland and Wolff shipyard […]
July 31, 2019

SAFTU is fully behind the Tshwane and Durban workers strikes and demands

SAFTU condemns in the strongest term the actions of management both in Durban recently and now in Tshwane, who have provoked the workers, through their unjustifiable […]
July 30, 2019

SAFTU statement in response to the second quarter Labour Force Survey 2019

The Chickens have come back home to roost! Neoliberalism and Austerity programmes have dismally failed the poor and the economy! Government has committed itself to a […]
July 23, 2019

SAFTU calls on the Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane to step down!

SAFTU has noted the damning and scathing Constitutional Court judgement which not only dismissed Public Protector’s appeal against personal cost order by the North Gauteng High […]
July 19, 2019

SAFTU statement on the damning Public Protectors findings against the President

SAFTU has noted that the Public Protector issued a report that found that President Cyril Ramaphosa “misled parliament” over the R500 000 Bosasa payment account. SAFTU […]
July 18, 2019

SAFTU calls for a fall of at least 3% in interests rates to begin a long overdue economic recovery!

SAFTU believes that the July 18 rate cut must exceed the tokenistic 0.25% widely predicted. Our situation is so dire, that we desperately need both a […]
July 17, 2019

SAFTU tribute to the legend Johnny Clegg

SAFTU lowers its revolutionary banners to salute one of the colossal icons of South Africa’s cultural activism of all time, Johnny Clegg.  For many decades, Johnny […]
July 14, 2019

SAFTU statement on the relentless attack on the leadership of the ICTU by Telkom Management under the leadership of CEO Sipho Maseko

SAFTU deplores the instituting of Nuremberg trials against the leadership of our affiliate the Information Communication and Technology – ICTU based on results of the membership […]
July 12, 2019

SAFTU calls for the return to the politics based on principles and not current politics of convenience and opportunism in our parliament!

Nothing demonstrates more than the forever-unending parliamentary drama and circus that the ruling class politics are in turmoil. SAFTU has noted with concern the continued degeneration […]
July 5, 2019

SAFTU condemns the assassination of the DEMAWUSA Leader in Nelson Mandela Metro, comrade Bongani Cola The spear of a gallant fighter has fallen – pick it up!

Yet another political activist was gunned down and killed in front of his own children yesterday morning. This time the target was SAFTU! A deputy chairperson […]
June 26, 2019

SAFTU rejects and condemns the DA leader Mmusi Maimane for suggesting that the protection of workers rights causes unemployment

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is not surprised by the latest misinformed and misdiagnosis of South Africa’s economic crisis by the leader of the […]
June 26, 2019

The South African Federation of Trade Unions Condemns Lanxess Chrome Mine for Not Taking Serious Considerations of Health and Death Threats To Underground Workers.

The South African Federation of Trade Union, SAFTU to draw the attention of South Africans and workers the world over that about 200 workers employed by […]
June 21, 2019

SAFTU response to the state of the nation address

Nothing has demonstrated how the ANC has reached its sell-by date than the speech delivered by its President on the 20 June 2019. Nothing has demonstrated […]
June 19, 2019

SAFTU expects more hell for workers from the state of the nation address

“In our country-more than in any other part of the oppressed world-it is inconceivable for liberation to have meaning without a return of the wealth of […]
June 4, 2019

SAFTU is not shocked by the 3.2% decline of the GDP in the first quarter of 2019

South African economy has long being stagnated! It is trapped in a neo colonial structure that reproduces unemployment, poverty and inequalities. Even when it grew at […]
May 30, 2019

SAFTU response to President Cyril Ramaphosa Executive

The South African Federation of Trade Unions – SAFTU has noted the appointment of the new Executive by the new President of our country, Mr Cyril […]
May 27, 2019

SAFTU stand firmly behind the Oakvalley Estate farmworkers and calls for the intensification of the strike and solidarity with them

CSAAWU members are on strike at the Oakvalley Estate farm since the 6th May 2019. Workers are pursuing three demands: 1. Workers are demanding that the […]
May 14, 2019

SAFTU response to the worsening crisis of unemployment

For goodness sake, no South African can claim to be shocked by the horrific picture presented by the StatsSouthAfrica today the 14th May 2019. The trends […]
May 14, 2019

SAFTU has no illusions that the crisis facing the working class will continue to deteriorate post elections!

The South African Federation of Trade Unions – SAFTU has noted the results of the hotly contested 08 May 2019 elections. We are relieved that these […]
May 1, 2019

May Day- The Longest and Greatest General Strike in History!

As we are approaching May Day celebrations, workers should remember that this is not a day of rest from the punitive toil of work. Workers Day […]
April 26, 2019

Twenty-five years after democracy, more workers are unemployed, more people live in poverty, and South Africa has become the most unequal society in the world.

Its time for the working class to lead a new revolution!   “We are fighting for the complete liberation of our peoples, but we are not […]
April 11, 2019

SAFTU calls on the working class across the country to intensify the service delivery protest actions!

SAFTU is encouraged that more black working class are joining a new wave of mass protests against the current status quo are spreading like wild fire […]
April 8, 2019

SAFTU CALLS FOR A COORDINATED PROTEST IN ALEXANDRA AND ALL OTHER WORKING CLASS TOWNSHIPS

The South African Federation of Trade Unions was created after a number of unions came to a realisation that for over two decades, black people in […]
April 3, 2019

SAFTU rejects the xenophobia and Afrophobia

SAFTU has noted with dismay the resurgence of combination xenophobic attacks directed at our fellow African brothers and sisters in parts of our country, South Africa […]
April 1, 2019

SAFTU Statement on the Gangster State, Unravelling Ace Magashule’s Web of Capture

Neither SAFTU nor any informed South African can claim to be shocked by the new but old allegations of corruption levelled against the current Secretary General […]
March 25, 2019

SAFTU is dismayed and disgusted at the brutal assault of the SAPU President by the SAPS officials

The South African Federation of Trade Unions, SAFTU is shocked, disgusted and dismayed at the brutal assault of the President of the South African Policing Union, […]
March 18, 2019

SAFTU statement on the plight of the police and a call on SAPU to address this injustice!

The South African Federation of Trade Unions – SAFTU has noted that a new union called the South African Police and Allied Workers Union (SAPAWU) has […]
March 15, 2019

SAFTU statement on the Standard Bank decision to curl 1200 jobs

SAFTU is vindicated that workers cannot guarantee the future of themselves and their families in a capitalist arrangement that continues to devour jobs, create mass poverty […]
March 15, 2019

Press Statement of the SAFTU Special NEC held on the 13 March 2019

The National Executive Committee of the South African Federation of Trade Unions met on the 13 March 2019 to amongst other things evaluate the readiness of […]
February 26, 2019

Correctional Services must abide by ConCourt ruling on SACOSWU

At the Constitutional Court last year the SA Correctional Service Workers Union (SACOSWU) won a historic victory. In a majority verdict the court outlawed the abuse […]
February 26, 2019

SAFTU condemns Zimbabwe arrest of international union leader

The South African Federation of Trade Unions demands the immediate and unconditional release of the International Trade Union Confederation-Africa General Secretary, Kwasi Adu Amankwah.   He […]
February 20, 2019

SAFTU condemns Mboweni’s bosses’ budget

The South African Federation Trade Unions condemns the budget delivered by Tito Mboweni as a savage attack on the workers and poor. Instead it was  an […]
February 19, 2019

Workers must not have to pay for bosses’ crimes

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February 18, 2019

SAFTU mourns tragic mine deaths

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is deeply shocked and saddened at the tragedy in Zimbabwe in which at least 24 workers have lost their […]
February 18, 2019

SAFTU demands a People’s Budget

Albert Einstein is widely credited with saying, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results” Tito Mboweni’s […]
February 12, 2019

Unemployment stats still shocking, says SAFTU

The South African Federation of Trade Unions has noted the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) for the fourth quarter of 2018 released by Statistics South Africa […]
February 8, 2019

SAFTU condemns Ramaphosa’s pro-big business and ‘business as usual’ SONA

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is deeply disappointed, though not at all surprised, by President Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address in Parliament. It […]
February 7, 2019

SAFTU condemns Trump’s plan for coup in Venezuela

The South African Federation of Trade Unions strongly condemns the attempt by the forces of international capitalism to instigate a regime change in Venezuela and urges […]
February 5, 2019

SAFTU alarmed by PIC corruption charges

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is alarmed at the revelations emerging in all three public inquiries currently taking place – into state capture,  the […]
February 1, 2019

SAFTU welcomes new NAPP, Shamila Batohi on her first day

The South African Federation of Trade Unions welcomes Shamila Batohi on her first day as National Director of Public Prosecutions and wishes her well as she […]
February 1, 2019

SAFTU shocked by school tragedy

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is deeply shocked at today’s tragic accident in which three children died at Höerskool Driehoek in Vanderbijlpark after a […]
January 31, 2019

SAFTU appeals to Nersa: Reject Eskom’s 15% three-year tariff increase!

The South African Federation Trade Unions strongly opposes the three-year 15% tariff increase being demanded by Eskom. If this is approved by the National Energy Regulator […]
January 24, 2019

SAFTU condemns systematic corruption, bribery and looting by Bosasa

The South African Federation of Trade Unions has noted the public outrage and shock at the damning allegations of corruption from Angelo Agrizzi, former Chief Operating […]
January 24, 2019

SAFTU mourns passing of Tuku Mtukudzi

The South African Federation of Trade Unions mourns the passing of Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi on 23 January 2019 in Harare. He was a Zimbabwean musician, businessman, […]
January 22, 2019

SAFTU statement on Oxfam inequality report

The South African Federation of Trade Unions welcomes the Oxfam report –  “Public Good or Private Wealth” – which has been published to coincide with the […]
January 22, 2019

Protest march against police brutality on Blue Ribbon and Dis-Chem strikers

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) Western Cape together with its affiliates Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU) and the National Union of Public […]
January 21, 2019

SAFTU condemns brutal attacks on Zimbabwe protesters

The South African Federation of Trade Unions condemns the brutal attacks by the Zimbabwe regime on thousands of protesters who have taken to the streets in […]
January 17, 2019

Nationalise the Reserve Bank! – SAFTU

The South African Federation of Trade Unions condemns the statement by Tito Mboweni and Cyril Ramaphosa that the Reserve Bank’s “independence” is “non-negotiable”. In a constitutional, […]
January 16, 2019

SAFTU supports call for Gwede Mantashe to stay away from Xolobeni

The South African Federation of Trade Unions fully supports the Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) which is fighting a long battle to prevent the government from issuing […]
January 16, 2019

SAFTU supports Sibanye Stillwater mine workers’ strike

The South African Federation of Trade Unions declares its full support for the mine workers employed by Sibanye-Stillwater, both those already on strike in the gold […]
January 16, 2019

SAFTU statement on the ANC 2019 elections manifesto

The South African Federation of Trade Unions has noted the ANC’s  manifesto for the 2019 elections and has no confidence that it will lead to any […]
January 16, 2019

SAFTU supports Zimbabwe general strike and strongly condemns government violence and tyranny

The South African Federation of Trade Unions supports the national strike called by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), after the government more than doubled […]
January 15, 2019

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) SERVICE CHARTER

Under which conditions are we building SAFTU? The Quarterly Labour Force Survey of Q4 2016 tells us that a scandalous situation exists where 62% of workers […]
January 11, 2019

SAFTU congratulates workers of India and Mali on general strike action

The South African Federation Trade Unions congratulates the 200 million workers in India who brought the country to a halt on 8-9 January, in what must […]
January 10, 2019

SAFTU supports Zimbabwe workers’ struggle

The South African Federation of Trade Unions sends a message of solidarity and support to the public-sector workers of Zimbabwe who are striking against cuts in […]
January 9, 2019

SAFTU is appalled by today’s report by the Spectator Index which ranks SA’s youth unemployment rate as the highest in the world.

Of the countries it ranked‚ the Spectator Index said the five countries with the highest youth unemployment were SA at 52.8%, followed by Greece (36.8%)‚ Spain […]