2018 Statements

September 21, 2018

SAFTU’s response to Ramaphosa’s Economic Stimulus and Recovery Plan

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is deeply disappointed with President Ramaphosa’s  Economic Stimulus and Recovery Plan. It is a statement of business as usual, […]
September 20, 2018

SAFTU’s response to appeal for its unions to go back to COSATU

The South African Federation of Trade Unions has noted COSATU’s suggestion that SAFTU unions must rejoin or join COSATU. Firstly SAFTU, in line with its principled […]
September 20, 2018

SAFTU statement on the Jobs Summit and Investment Conference

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) has expressed its willingness to participate in both the Job Summit and Investment Conference called by President Ramaphosa […]
September 19, 2018

SAFTU supports Swazi striking workers and condemns police brutality

The South African Federation of Trade Unions sends a message of support and solidarity to the estimated 100 000 Swazi workers who have begun a campaign […]
September 18, 2018

SAFTU supports MTN outsourced workers’ fight for jobs

The South African Federation of Trade Unions pledges its full support to the 168 contract workers employed by companies to which MTN outsourced work at its […]
September 13, 2018

SAFTU congratulates NUMSA on its latest ConCourt victory

The South African Federation of Trade Unions congratulates its affiliate, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) on another triumph at the Constitutional court […]
September 13, 2018

SAFTU appalled by horrific crime statistics

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is appalled by the latest crime statistics. 20,336 murders were recorded between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018 […]
September 13, 2018

SAFTU supports striking workers

The South African Federation of Trade Unions pledges its full support for the many workers who are currently taking action against intransigent employers who have left […]
September 8, 2018

Protecting workers’ lives must be everyone’s top priority – SAFTU

In three successive days in the first week of September 2018, at least eleven workers died and dozens were injured in horrific disasters, which were not […]
September 6, 2018

SAFTU demands arrest of Jooste

The South African Federation of Trade Unions demands that Markus Jooste, the former Chief Executive Officer of Steinhoff, be arrested and charged with negligent and reckless […]
September 5, 2018

SAFTU alarmed and disgusted at ‘technical recession’

The South African Federation of Trade Unions has noted with alarm and disgust the Statistics SA report that the country’s real gross domestic fell by 0.7% […]
August 30, 2018

SAFTU condemns xenophobic violence

The South African Federation of Trade Unions condemns the violence and looting targeting foreign nationals in Soweto, and calls upon the government to do everything necessary […]
August 28, 2018

SAFTU welcomes PSI conference on NHI

The South African Federation of Trade Unions stands fully in support of the long-overdue introduction of a national health insurance (NHI) system, and welcomes this week’s […]
August 25, 2018

SAFTU welcomes Concourt judgement on minority unions

Following NUMSA’s historic victory in the Constitutional Court against labour brokers, workers have scored other major victory in the same court. In a majority verdict it […]
August 22, 2018

SAFTU demands dropping of all charges against #FeesMustFall activists

The South African Federation of Trade Unions demands the unconditional scrapping of all charges against Mcebo Dlamini and all other #FeesMustFall  activists who are facing trial, […]
August 22, 2018

SAFTU ON MINING JOBS

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is alarmed that jobs are disappearing at faster than ever before. Virtually every day there are announcements of either […]
August 17, 2018

SAFTU CONDEMNS ASSAULT OF SHOP STEWARD Calls for Paarl AC Rottweiler owner to be jailed

SAFTU supports our affiliate DETAWU in calling for action to be taken against the owner of the company by the name of Paarl AC Rottweiler Security […]
August 16, 2018

Marikana: we must never forget the workers who were massacred

16 August 2012 is a day that South Africans must never forget. The SAPS massacre of 34 striking mine workers – 16 at the Marikana Koppie […]
August 15, 2018

SAFTU demands crack-down on illicit trading and tax-evasion

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is fully in support of its affiliate, the Food and Allied Workers’ Union, who marched on 14 August 2018, […]
August 14, 2018

Free Lula NOW, says SAFTU

The South African Federation of Trade Unions joins the worldwide campaign for the immediate release of jailed former president of Brazil, Lula da Silva, who was […]
August 10, 2018

SAFTU incensed by planned sacking of 30 000 public service workers

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is incensed at the report in the Mail & Guardian that there is a plan lay off 30  000 […]
August 8, 2018

The fight against poverty and attacks on workers’ rights goes on! – SAFTU

The South African Federation Trade Unions has noted with disgust the decision of the National Council of Provinces’ select committee on economic and business development to […]
August 8, 2018

SAFTU celebrates women’s day and says No to gender-based violence

On Women’s Day 2018, the South African Federation of Trade Unions salutes the revolutionary role of women in the liberation struggle, as we remember the historic […]
August 6, 2018

Declaration of the Working-Class Summit, 21-22 July 2018, Soweto

Declaration of the Working-Class Summit, 21-22 July 2018, Soweto   A new era in the history of the South African working class began in Soweto on […]
August 1, 2018

SAFTU horrified at unemployment rise

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is horrified at the latest employment statistics for the second quarter of 2018. Statistics SA’s Quarterly Labour Force Survey […]
July 26, 2018

SAFTU hails historic court victory against labour brokers

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is celebrating the historic, ground-breaking judgement of the Constitutional Court that the correct interpretation of the Labour Relations Act […]
July 26, 2018

SAFTU supports #TotalShutDown

The South African Federation of Trade Unions fully supports the call for a #TotalShutDown on 1 August 2018 against gender-based violence and urges its members to […]
July 25, 2018

SAFTU supports Eskom workers

The South African Federation of Trade Unions pledges its solidarity with the workers at Eskom in their ongoing dispute over wages, bonuses and the danger of […]
July 24, 2018

SAFTU appalled at election of Qedani, Mahlangu, Brian Hlongwa and Mike Mabuyakhulu to ANC PECs

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is utterly appalled by the election of former Gauteng health MEC Qedani Mahlangu, and Chief Whip and former Gauteng […]
July 23, 2018

Working Class Summit 21-22 July 2018, Soweto

A new chapter in the history of the South African working class was opened in Soweto on 21-22 July 2018, when representatives from over 147 South […]
July 21, 2018

SAFTU President, Mac Chavalala’s Keynote Address to the Working Class Summit, 21 July 2018, Soweto

Chairpersons of the session Leaders from all of the over 137 working class formations represented by over 1000 delegates Comrades and Friends  Ladies and Gentlemen  It […]
July 19, 2018

Growing support for Working-Class Summit

Excitement and support is growing for the Working-Class Summit to be held this weekend on 21-22 July 2018. 82 working-class organizations (excluding SAFTU and other trade […]
July 16, 2018

Media statement by the Working-Class Summit Steering Committee, 16 July 2018

The Working Class Summit, which is to be held on 21- 22 July 2018 at the University of Johannesburg Soweto Campus, aims to unite civil society […]
July 13, 2018

SAFTU outraged at massive payouts to top executives

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is outraged at the report by accountants PwC that the 342 Chief Executive Officers of the country’s ten biggest […]
July 10, 2018

SAFTU condemns bus companies’ exemption bid

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is alarmed at the report that five bus companies have applied to be exempted from complying with the recent […]
July 5, 2018

SAFTU appalled at pit toilet drowning

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is appalled at the tragic drowning of a three-year-old boy after falling into a pit toilet at Diteteng village […]
July 5, 2018

SAFTU condemns Glencore’s shocking record on workers’ rights

The South African Federation of Trade Unions has been resolute in its condemnation of corruption, fraud and other economic crimes. It is still campaigning for the […]
July 5, 2018

SAFTU Statement on the passing of founding President of SAMWU, Petrus Mashishi

The South African Federation mourns the passing of Comrade Petrus Mashishi and lowers its banners in honour of one of South Africa’s greatest and most respected […]
July 4, 2018

SAFTU condemns looting of money in VSB

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is angered that once again workers and the poor are set to be the main victims of the collapse […]
July 3, 2018

SAFTU deplores slow pace of transformation in employment equity

The latest report of the Commission for Employment Equity confirms that South Africa’s workplaces are still nowhere near reflecting the country’s demographics. Nearly a quarter of […]
July 2, 2018

Hlongwa revelations expose ANC’s failure to tackle corruption – SAFTU

The South Africa Federation of Trade Unions congratulates Corruption Watch and Section 27 for using a PAIA application to force the release of the SIU report […]
July 2, 2018

Decisions of leadership meeting convened to prepare for Working Class Summit

A meeting of 40 unions and civil society formations was convened by the South African Federation of Trade Unions on 28–29 June 2018 to broaden participation […]
June 29, 2018

Survey confirms that wages are falling

The South African Federation of Trade Unions, which has been concerned and angry at workers’ falling living standards, has now been proved to be fully justified, […]
June 27, 2018

SAFTU demands urgent action to save mine workers’ lives

The South African Federation of Trade Unions supports the call by the chairperson of the parliamentary portfolio committee on mineral resources, Sahlulele Luzipo, for strong action […]
June 22, 2018

Mining Charter: SAFTU demands nationalisation

The South African Federation of Trade Unions has noted the publication of the latest draft mining charter, but sees no possibility, at a time when the […]
June 18, 2018

SAFTU supports call for class action to occupy Lindela Detention Centre

The South African Federation of Trade Unions supports the Occupy Lindela event to mark World Refugee Day this Wednesday 20 June 2018. There is nothing to […]
June 15, 2018

Soweto 1976: What do today’s youth have to celebrate?

On Saturday 16 June, the South African Federation of Trade Unions will join millions of South African in honouring the memory of the young heroes and […]
June 12, 2018

SAFTU demands urgent action on mine safety after latest tragedy

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is deeply saddened and angry at the death of four mine workers at the Kloof Ikamva Shaft near Westonaria. […]
June 12, 2018

THE WORST BETRAYAL OF PUBLIC SERVANTS – 2018 PSCBC AGREEMENT

The agreement signed in 2018 is in many respects worse than the 2014 – 2017 agreement. This agreement represents a savage attack on the living standards […]
June 7, 2018

SAFTU condemns Eskom’s war on its workers!

Workers must not pay the price for Eskom’s mismanagement and corruption Eskom has been brought to the brink of bankruptcy as a result of appalling levels […]
June 6, 2018

Shrinking economy – a catastrophe for workers and poor

The South African Federation of Trade Unions, since its founding Congress in April 2017, has been warning of a deepening economic catastrophe. Today’s report by Statistics […]
June 5, 2018

SAFTU demands justice for waste pickers

The South African Federation of Trade Unions has, from its launch, resolved to organize the unorganised and the army of workers ion the margins of the […]
June 5, 2018

SAFTU alarmed at effect of fuel price increase on the poor

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is alarmed at the harsh impact of tonight’s increase in fuel prices. From midnight petrol will cost 82 cents […]
June 2, 2018

Renewable energy is necessary, but not at expense of jobs, says SAFTU

The South African Federation of Trade Unions condemns the privatisation of energy generation to capitalist companies and supports NUMSA’s call for the social ownership of the […]
May 28, 2018

Protect our children! Says SAFTU

The South African Federation of Trade Unions fully supports Child Protection Week, from 25 May to 1 June, and calls for all South Africans to unite […]
May 26, 2018

NO to corruption and NO to Ramaphoria – SAFTU

The South African Federation of Trade Unions cheered and welcomed the recall of former President Zuma. His years in office were a catastrophe for the country, […]
May 25, 2018

SAFTU condemns assassination of S’fiso Ngcobo

The South African Federation of Trade Unions strongly condemns the assassination  of S’fiso Ngcobo, chairperson of the eKukhanyeni branch of community group Abahlali baseMjondolo, in Marianhill, […]
May 25, 2018

SAFTU is not celebrating President’s first 100 days!

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is not joining in the euphoria over President Ramaphosa’s completion of 100 days as President of South Africa. This […]
May 24, 2018

SAFTU shocked by Auditor-General’s report on municipalities

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is shocked by the report to Parliament by Auditor-General (AG), Kimi Makwetu, which revealed that irregular expenditure by municipalities […]
May 23, 2018

Media Statement on SAFTU Special NEC meeting and next stage of its campaign against National Minimum Wage Bill and Labour Law amendments, 23 May 2018

The South African Federation of Trade Unions held a special meeting of its National Executive Committee on Tuesday 22 May 2018. The meeting warmly congratulated its […]

2017 Statements

December 29, 2017

SAFTU welcomes ConCourt ruling

The South African Federation of Trade unions welcomes the ruling by the Constitutional Court – that Parliament failed to hold President Jacob Zuma accountable for spending taxpayers’ […]
December 29, 2017

SAFTU End of Year Statement, 28 December 2017

As 2017 draws to a close, the South African Federation of Trade Unions has good reason to celebrate the first eight months of its existence. The […]
December 22, 2017

SAFTU statement on ANC conference

Now that the African National Congress’s 54 National Conference has come to its end, the South African Federation of Trade Unions sees no reason to change […]
December 20, 2017

SAFTU condemns SARS legal attack on Jacques Pauw

The South African Federation of Trade Unions condemns the SA Revenue Service for taking legal action against Jacques Pauw, the author of The President’s Keeper’s, for […]
December 19, 2017

SAFTU has no confidence in new ANC leadership

The South African Federation of Trade Unions has noted the results of the African National Congress’s leadership election and reaffirms what it said before the event […]
December 15, 2017

SAFTU statement on Eskom 5.2% tariff hike announced by Nersa

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is shocked at the reappointment of Matshela Koko to his position as acting CEO of Eskom, while Parliament is […]
December 14, 2017

Memorandum to the Premier of Gauteng and the Mayor of Johannesburg by #OutsourcingMustFall and SAFTU

The South African Federation of Trade Unions and #OutsourcingMustFall is marching in Johannesburg today, Thursday 14 December 2017, to protest against the exploitation of workers through […]
December 13, 2017

SAFTU welcomes court ruling State of Capture inquiry

The South African Federation of Trade Unions welcomes today’s important ruling by a full bench of the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. It dismissed President […]
December 11, 2017

SAFTU condemns Abrahams’ extension to Jacob Zuma and demands that he be put on trial now like all other suspects

The South African Federation of Trade Unions has repeatedly warned that South Africa is being turned into a capitalist kleptocracy that will be governed by the […]
December 8, 2017

SAFTU welcomes High Court judgement on NDPP

The South African Federation of Trade Unions welcomes the  important court judgement in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on 8 December 2017. The Court […]
December 8, 2017

SAFTU alarmed at Steinhoff revelations

The South African Federation of Trade Unions has noted with alarm the crash of Steinhoff International. It is estimated to have lost the country R194 billion, […]
December 7, 2017

SAFTU condemns Trump’s statement on Jerusalem

The South African Federation of Trade Unions strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s outrageous announcement that the US is recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and […]
December 5, 2017

SAFTU appalled by “the big Madiba funeral rip-off”

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is appalled by the evidence in the report by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane of what has rightly been dubbed […]
December 1, 2017

SAFTU urges Parliament to reject the National Minimum Wage Bill

The South African Federation of Trade Unions urges Parliament to reject the National Minimum Wage Bill. It is a bill which will imprison million of workers, […]
November 28, 2017

SAFTU condemns Zuma’s austerity plan

“President Jacob Zuma wants a committee to show him progress this week on plans to cut government spending by R25bn and raise taxes by up to […]
November 27, 2017

SAFTU deplores attacks on emergency service workers

The South African Federation is disgusted by the increasing number of armed attacks on emergency service workers. When criminals feel free to assault those whose job […]
November 26, 2017

SAFTU condemns ratings agencies and government policies and blames Government for creating conditions that allow unelected rating agencies to dictate policy

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is angered that credit ratings agencies S&P Global and Fitch have downgraded South Africa’s credit rating to full junk […]
November 25, 2017

SAFTU backs 16 days of Activism

The South African Federation of Trade Unions commits itself to fully supporting the 16 days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children, from 25 […]
November 23, 2017

Statement of the SAFTU NEC meeting

After just seven months of our existence, we in the South African Federation of Trade Unions are delighted to inform our members that we held the […]
November 21, 2017

Stopping the rot at State-Owned Enterprises

The purpose of this statement is to update the public on the campaign by the SouthAfrican Federation of Trade Union’s (SAFTU) campaign to hold accountable those […]
November 15, 2017

The army has always been and is still part of the problem in Zimbabwe

The South Federation of Trade Unions strongly has always warned that a failure to pursue a revolutionary agenda will lead to chaos and things falling apart. […]
November 14, 2017

SAFTU condemns lenient sentence on Manana

The South African Federation of Trade Unions, on 7 August 2017, expressed its disgust at “the violent assault on two women by the Deputy Minister of […]
November 14, 2017

SAFTU stands by its call for free education at all levels

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is angry that the report of the Heher Fees Commission into the feasibility of free education has concluded that […]
November 8, 2017

SAFTU condemns Gigaba’s phoney ‘inquiry’

The South African Federation of Trade Unions has noted the announcement by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba that President Jacob Zuma has acceded to his request for […]
November 7, 2017

SAFTU condemns attempts to censor The President’s Keepers

The South African Federation of Trade Unions strongly condemns the attempts by the SA Revenue Service (SARS) and the State Security Agency (SSA) to force Jacques […]
November 5, 2017

SAFTU in solidarity with the CPUT students’ demand …

The Federation of South African Trade Unions reaffirms its total support for the demand for free, universal and decolonised education and for the students who are […]
November 3, 2017

SAFTU statement on wealth and poverty in South Africa

The South African Federation of Trade Unions has noted with anger reports that the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers is recommending 4% […]
November 1, 2017

SAFTU condemns poverty pay for EPWP workers

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is disgusted at the announcement that the ‘wages’ paid to participants on the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) are […]
November 1, 2017

Social grant distribution must be a social service not a source of profits

The South African Federation of Trade Unions demands that the SA Post Office, and its autonomous division Postbank, must without further delay, be given the responsibility […]
October 31, 2017

SAFTU shocked by even higher unemployment

Just when it seemed that things could get no worse for workers and the poor, we are hit by the Quarterly Labour Force Survey from Statistics […]