2020 Statements

July 4, 2020

SAFTU statement on Myanmar mine workers’ disaster

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is appalled at the disaster at a mine in Myanmar which has taken the lives of at least 170 […]
July 2, 2020

SAFTU condemns the pro big business policies inflicting pain on the black working class

A stingy Treasury and hasty capitalists are creating unprecedented pain! Covid-19 is striking us the working class hard, and deep. The 2% decline in the year-on-year […]
June 27, 2020

SAFTU condemns Mogogeng Mogoeng’s pro-Israeli regime statement

The South African Federation of Trade Unions condemns the remarks reported to have been made by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng in a webinar on 23 June […]
June 25, 2020

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s revised budget is the last nail in the coffin of a poor majority already doomed to hell

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni did not surprise SAFTU or anyone who has come to know what he represents. He began his speech by confirming to Cyril […]
June 24, 2020

SAFTU response to mass unemployment that has become a pandemic

We are mired in a Great Depression, and workers are again taking the greatest pain. StatsSA released its Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) on June 23, […]
June 23, 2020

Why Finance Minister Tito Mboweni is sure to enrage the nation

The Treasury, representing financial-sector and corporate power, and burdened by extreme neoliberal ideology and a Western mini-me value system, is going to impose on South Africa […]
June 19, 2020

SAFTU statement on Gender Based Violence | Women’s Lives Matter!

Women’s Lives Matter! The South African Federation of Trade Unions is sickened and outraged at the latest murders of women – Tshegofatso Pule, found hanging from […]
June 17, 2020

SAFTU Congratulates NUMSA on court victory

The South African Federation of Trade Unions congratulates its affiliate, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), on its important victory in the Labour […]
June 16, 2020

SAFTU honours memory of the youth of Soweto 1976

At the time when the Black Lives Matter campaign is spreading across the world, it is more important than ever for South Africans and the world […]
June 5, 2020

Why the ANC government must Learn to Say #BlackLivesMatter – SAFTU condemns the low-intensity war against working-class activists!

The Unemployed People’s Movement in Makana and Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown) is under attack, and the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) joins Abahlali baseMjondolo (AbM) […]
June 1, 2020

SAFTU endorses the Urgent need for Environmental Justice, Land Nationalisation, and The Right to Say NO! to Mining

Racial injustice permeates every corner of our society. Environmental issues are no different. At the heart of environmental injustice is racial injustice of many forms, and […]
May 31, 2020

SAFTU supports the EUSA High Court Application to interdict the opening of the schools

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) welcome and fully support the application to interdict the opening of the schools launched by the Educators Union […]
May 31, 2020

SAFTU condemns the continued killing of the black people in the US

Why the World Must Learn to Say #BlackLivesMatter The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) is utterly disgusted by the continued maiming of unarmed and […]
May 31, 2020

SAFTU says: No teaching and learning during Covid-19/lockdown!

Mobilise for a nationwide stay-away and general strike! The South Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) fully supports all the unions organising the educators who have unanimously […]
May 24, 2020

The ruling class has spoken! Workers, you are on your own!

We must state again that the second largest labour federation in the country – the home of the industrial proletariat – together with hundreds of other […]
May 21, 2020

SAFTU RESPONSE TO ESKOM MEDIAS STATEMENT CLEARING JAN OBERHOLZER OF CORRUPTION,DISHONESTY AND ABUSE OF POWER

SAFTU has deliberately not responded to the Eskom statement reportedly exonerating its Chief Operations Officer, Jan Oberholzer, with a hope that the power utility CEO and […]
May 14, 2020

SAFTU statement in response to President announcement of the 13 May 2020

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) has noted the none announcement of President Cyril Ramaphosa. Basically, he told the country that the government is […]
May 13, 2020

SAFTU statement on the International Day of the Nurse

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) on this day, the world is celebrating the International Day of the Nurse and the 200th anniversary of […]
May 13, 2020

WORKERS CONVERSATIONS (CoranaVirus and The Working Class)

SAFTU Social Media Launch In this extraordinary moment of the Corona virus outbreak, the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) stands in solidarity with all […]
May 8, 2020

SAFTU congratulates NUMSA and SACCA stunning victory to save SAA workers jobs!

The South African Federation of Trade Unions – SAFTU, takes its hat off, and salute its biggest NUMSA and the fighting partner at SAA, SACCA, for […]
May 6, 2020

SAFTU WESTERN CAPE CONDEMNS THE CITY OF CAPE TOWN FOR PUTTING WORKERS LIVES AT RISK

The City of Cape Town flagrant disregard for health and safety regulation in relation to the COVID 19 Pandemic is putting frontline workers in the safety […]
May 1, 2020

Workers of the World Unite! SAFTU’s May Day 2020 message

Workers of the World Unite! SAFTU’s May Day 2020 message The South African Federation of Trade Unions joins the workers of the world in celebrating May […]
April 27, 2020

Still no freedom for South African workers and poor

“Political Freedom without economic equality is a pretence, a fraud, a lie; and the workers want no lying.” Mikhail Bakunin 27 April should not be a […]
April 24, 2020

SAFTU condemns Dischem and all other private sector thugs taking advantage of the country in its worst crisis

The South African Federation of Trade Unions – SAFTU strongly condemns Dischem and all others thugs who are shamelessly taking advantage of South Africans in their […]
April 24, 2020

SAFTU rejects with contempt the SAA business rescue practitioner’s attempt to blackmail workers

SAFTU rejects with contempt the SAA business rescue practitioner’s attempt to blackmail workers The South African Federation of Trade Unions – SAFTU condemns in the strongest […]
April 23, 2020

SAFTU celebrates three years of workers’ struggle

Three years ago, on 23 April 2017 the South African Federation of Trade Unions was born, at the end of an historic three-day founding congress at […]
April 22, 2020

President Ramaphosa supplies mainly smoke and mirrors, while the society and economy starve

The SA Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) has consistently and repeatedly condemned a government ruling the world’s most unequal society, where more than 60% of our […]
April 21, 2020

SAFTU statement on the decision to reopen the mines and wine-exporting farms

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU), note with concern the attempts by the Minerals Council and the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) […]
April 20, 2020

SAFTU KZN RESPONSE ON INTENSIFIED LOCKDOWN MEASURES AROUND ETHEKWINI DISTRICT-COVID19

SAFTU KZN welcomes the address by the Premier –Sihle Zikalala together with MEC for Health Nomagugu Simelane Zulu on the 19th April 2020 in relation to […]
April 13, 2020

21 DAYS OF SHAMEFULL, EMBARRASING AND LACK OF VISION DURING LOCKDOWN

SAFTU KZN has noted with serious dismay what we can now be termed “The 21 days of shameful, embarrassing plan which lacks any vision of/during lockdown” […]