2020 Statements

February 24, 2021

SAFTU condemns the refusal of the government to reverse dismally-failing fiscal and monetary policies

SAFTU rejects the 2021-22 Budget Statement presented on behalf of the ANC government by the Minister of Finance. It is a typically arrogant and business-as-usual Budget, […]
February 24, 2021

SAFTU condemns in the strongest terms possible the arrest of its leaders in the Western Cape and demands their immediate and unconditional release

SAFTU condemns in the strongest terms possible the arrest of its leaders in the Western Cape and demands their immediate and unconditional release   The South […]
February 23, 2021

Unemployment is worsening! Government’s neoliberal economic policies are failing even faster! Forward to the SAFTU strike on Wednesday 24 February!

The fourth quarter 2020 StatsSA Quarterly Labour Force Survey vindicates SAFTU’s decision to work ever more actively with the unemployed masses and other formations of the […]
February 18, 2021

SAFTU demands a Higher Minimum Wage, and Condemns Agricultural Bosses for Extreme Exploitation of farmworkers

SAFTU demands a Higher Minimum Wage, and Condemns Agricultural Bosses for Extreme Exploitation of farmworkers South Africa’s white-dominated commercial farmers are yearning to roll the times […]
February 16, 2021

SAFTU Press Statement on the 24 February 2021 General Strike

The Covid-19 pandemic has starkly exposed South Africa’s inequalities, at a time our country was already falling apart. We in SAFTU will not just fold our […]
February 12, 2021

SAFTU rejects the State of the Nation Address as offering no solution to the worsening crisis in our country

The South African Federation of Trade Unions condemns the refusal of President Cyril Ramaphosa to notice and take action to solve countless pandemics now unfolding in […]
February 4, 2021

Statement by SAFTU on the refusal of Former President Zuma to abide by the Constitutional Court’s outcome and the Statements by ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule in his support.

Former President Jacob Zuma is refusing to abide by the ruling of the highest court in the land to appear before and answer questions at the […]
February 3, 2021

SAFTU condemns government’s refusal to extend Social Relief of Distress Grants

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) condemns government’s consistent, dogmatic refusal to address the worsening crisis of poverty, unemployment and inequalities in our country. […]
January 31, 2021

SAFTU statement on worsening crisis created by ESKOM

Eskom’s crisis is resulting in even worse anti-social, anti-economic and anti-environmental outcomes, and it is urgent that the national regulator, the state executive, parliament and all […]
January 31, 2021

SAFTU DEMANDS URGENT VACCINE ACCESS IN SOUTH AFRICA AND THE COUNTRIES OF THE GLOBAL SOUTH! WE CALL FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION ON THE PART OF JOSEPH BIDEN’s UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, AGAINST PROFITEERING ON THE MODERNA VACCINE

As we struggle to stay alive and literally fight for our lives as peoples of the Global South, we believe it is time for countries of […]
January 18, 2021

SAFTU warns the Treasury to stop frustrating efforts to provide vaccines – and to not even think of making the poor carry the burden

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) has taken notes of media reports – especially a Business Day interview of Treasury Director General Dondo Mogajane […]
January 16, 2021

SAFTU calls on Deputy Justice Zondo to demand testimony from President Ramaphosa

The testimony of former CEO of Eskom, Transnet and the Public Investment Corporation Brian Molefe, at the Zondo Commission today, January 15, 2021 included damning allegations […]
January 1, 2021

A Covid-19 rethink for 2021, please! Relief, prevention, treatment and vaccines all need a new approach!

There are several areas where, during 2020, South African ruling class efforts to reign in the deadly Covid-19 virus will be considered by workers very critically, […]
December 29, 2020

Eulogy by Zwelinzima Vavi, General Secretary of SAFTU to the memorial service of #PatrickMkhize

The Master of Ceremonies, Cde Virginia Magwaza Chief Mourner, Thandi Mkhize, the wife of our beloved Patrick Mkhize The children of Patrick Mkhize, Tracey and Leon, […]
December 23, 2020

SAFTU end-of-year statement 2020

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) sends festive greetings to all South Africans, with best wishes for a safe and happy holiday, and a […]
December 16, 2020

SAFTU appalled by the Labour Court decision to side with the employer in a wage dispute

SAFTU appalled by the Labour Court decision to side with the employer in a wage dispute SAFTU is appalled by the judgement of the Labour Appeal […]
December 15, 2020

SAFTU statement on the Statistics South Africa third Quarterly Employment Survey

Information critical from the economist Duma Gqubule Stats SA has two quarterly employment surveys. The QES is a survey of 21 000 non-agricultural formal enterprises. The Quarterly […]
December 8, 2020

SAFTU statement on StatsSA’s latest misleading GDP figures

SAFTU statement on StatsSA’s latest misleading GDP figures The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) has noted the third quarter 2020 GDP figures published by […]
November 26, 2020

SAFTU NEC held on the 23 – 25 November 2020 Press Statement

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) held its last National Executive Committee for 2020, on the 23 – 25 November 2020. The NEC met […]
November 22, 2020

SAFTU statement on reduced services to workers by the CCMA thanks to government austerity

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) is disgusted that workers continue to bear the brunt of the government’s unnecessary austerity programme. The Commission for […]
November 20, 2020

SAFTU celebrates the historic victory of the domestic workers!

SAFTU celebrates the historic victory of the domestic workers! The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) joins hundreds of thousands of domestic workers who are […]
November 16, 2020

SAFTU Eastern Cape statement in Support of Community healthcare workers

SAFTU fully supports the demand of the Community Healthcare Workers for that they be insourced and be permanently employment by the Department of Health at salary […]
October 21, 2020

SAFTU 1st Deputy President opening remarks to the SAFTU Inaugural National Gender Committee

Comrade delegates to this august gathering of SAFTU women fighters, welcome! On behalf of the National Office Bearers and the National Executive Committee, let me welcome […]
October 15, 2020

SAFTU is simply disgusted with the President’s attempts to pull the wool over the eyes of the public…

SAFTU is simply disgusted with the President’s attempts to pull the wool over the eyes of the public, pretending his new plan will lead to recovery […]
October 14, 2020

SAFTU’S RESPONSE ON ESKOMS THIRD FALSE NARRATIVE CLEARING JAN OBERHOLZER OF ALL WRONGDOING

  SAFTU calls For the Immediate resignation of the Eskom Board, The Eskom CEO, The Eskom COO and the Eskom Spokesperson Skhonathi Mantshantsha. SAFTU takes note […]
October 14, 2020

President Ramaphosa’s economic recovery plan will disappoint and enrage workers

We dread the “economic recovery plan” President Cyril Ramaphosa will present on October 15. Why? It is because of what we know so far. In August, […]
October 5, 2020

It is time to fight back! Save jobs! End poverty!

The Covid-19 pandemic has starkly exposed South Africa’s inequalities, at a time our country was already falling apart. We in SAFTU will not just fold our […]
September 29, 2020

StatsSA Labour Force Survey may confuse some – but not the working class!

Is SA’s official statistical agency senile, or can we blame Government austerity? Amidst bizarrely contradictory statements, the official statistics agency of the South African government today […]
September 11, 2020

SAFTU LAMENTS GUPTA EVASION OF JUSTICE

It is by now obvious the government of South Africa has failed to exert sufficient pressure on the countries that harbour the fugitive Gupta brothers to […]
September 8, 2020

SAFTU is shocked by the extent of the GDP crash

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) expected a massive decline of the Gross Domestic Product in the second quarter of the 2020, following a […]