2018 Statements

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 […]
May 17, 2018

SAFTU says NO to poverty pay and attacks on union rights

SAFTU says NO to poverty pay and attacks on union rights The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) has consistently opposed both the National Minimum […]
May 16, 2018

SAFTU sees nothing in latest job statistics but further misery for the unemployed

South Africa’s millions of unemployed workers will find nothing to cheer about in the employment statistics in the Quarterly Labour Force Survey released by Statistics South […]
May 15, 2018

SAFTU supports GIWUSA strikers

The South African Federation of Trade Unions sends a message of support and solidarity to the members of the General Industries Workers Unions of SA (GIWUSA) […]
May 15, 2018

SAFTU congratulates British workers on historic march through London

The South African Federation of Trade Unions made history on 25 April 2018 when thousands of workers surged on to the streets of South African cities […]
May 14, 2018

 SAFTU appalled by Labour Department’s rejection of submissions on National Minimum Wage Bill

The South African Federation of Trade Unions has noted with grave concern a press release from National Minimum Wage Research Initiative at the University of the […]
May 14, 2018

SAFTU’s message of solidarity with the people of Palestine

The South African Federation of Trade Unions declares its full support for the people of Palestine as they mobilise for the “Great March of Return”  to […]
May 12, 2018

SAFTU shocked and outraged at assassination attempt on union leader

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is horrified at the attempted assassination of the Deputy President of the National Teachers Union, Allen Thompson. He was […]
May 12, 2018

Solidarity with striking bus drivers! – SAFTU

The South African Federation of Trade Unions fully supports the overwhelming rejection of the latest offer from the employers by the bus workers’ unions. SAFTU urges […]
May 10, 2018

SAFTU supports massive Australian workers’ protest

The South African Federation of Trade Unions has sent a message of support and solidarity to the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) after the historic […]
May 9, 2018

SAFTU condemns construction bosses for saying R20 an hour is “too high”

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is shocked, though not surprised, at the article in Business Report on 9 May 2018, which quotes a construction […]
May 4, 2018

SAFTU mourns mine deaths and demands action to improve safety

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is deeply concerned and saddened at the tragedy at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Masakhane Shaft at  the Driefontein mine in Westonaria. 13 […]
May 3, 2018

SAFTU condemns Pan African Resources’ job cuts

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is angered at the latest retrenchments announced by Pan African Resources which will destroy 1722 out of 1812 jobs […]
April 26, 2018

SAFTU-led march – an historic victory for the workers

Wednesday 25 April 2018 will be recorded in the history of the South African trade union movement as an historic turning point, when workers took to […]
April 25, 2018

Memorandum handed over on the 25 April general strike

On this day 25 April 2018, SAFTU, its affiliates, our allies in civil society, workers who are members of other unions including those affiliated to COSATU, […]
April 23, 2018

Statement for Monday’s press conference on 25 April general strike

On Wednesday 25 April, SAFTU, its affiliates and our allies in civil society, will be on the streets of South Africa in a general strike in […]
April 22, 2018

SAFTU stands firm on its opposition to the poverty national minimum wage!

The South African Federation of Trade Unions has noted the decision of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Labour to refer the National Minimum Wage (NMW) Bill […]
April 20, 2018

SAFTU condemns private-sector corruption

More evidence is now emerging to support the view of the South African Federation of Trade Unions that the epidemic of corruption and fraud which has […]
April 18, 2018

SAFTU 100% behind bus workers’ strike

The South African Federation of Trade Unions pledges its total support for the bus workers who went on strike today, 18 April 2018. The unions are […]
April 18, 2018

SAFTU celebrates two victories at Imperial

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is celebrating a second great victory within 12 hours, with the announcement that Mark Lamberti has resigned as CEO […]
April 18, 2018

Victory for workers as Imperial Cargo withdraws suspensions for striking

Members of unions affiliated to the South African Trade Unions won an historic victory after they joined their comrades in the Democratised Transport Logistical Transport and […]
April 16, 2018

SAFTU shocked at decline in education spending per learner

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is shocked by the report that government spending on basic education per learner over the past seven years has […]
April 14, 2018

SAFTU condemns man who threw baby from roof but demands protection for shack dwellers

The South African Federation of Trade Unions condemns in the strongest terms the man in the Joe Slovo informal settlement in Port Elizabeth who threw his […]
April 13, 2018

SAFTU angered by shelving of wealth tax

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is deeply disappointed that the Davis Tax Committee has concluded that South Africa is “not ready” for a wealth […]
April 9, 2018

DA’s plan for national minimum wage exemptions expose its class roots

The Democratic Alliance exposed its true capitalist class character when its federal congress passed a resolution in favour of allowing employees to opt out of the […]
April 9, 2018

SAFTU condemns decision to jail Lula on trumped-up charges

The South African Federation of Trade Unions condemns the imprisonment of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, former President and leader of the Workers Party of Brazil, […]
April 6, 2018

SAFTU condemns NUM leaders’ summersault

The South African Federation of Trade Unions condemns the sudden and opportunist summersault by the leaders of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), over the Independent […]
April 5, 2018

SAFTU will fight threat to blackmail e-toll resisters

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is alarmed at reports that when the Administration Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Bill, currently being debated in […]
April 4, 2018

SAFTU shocked at horrific murder of mine workers

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is shocked at the horrific petrol bombing of a bus transporting mine workers from the Modikwa Platinum Mine in […]
April 3, 2018

SAFTU angry at move to exclude it from Nedlac

The South African Federation of Trade Unions has noted with anger the report in Business Day that the trade union federations represented in Nedlac’s labour constituency […]
April 2, 2018

SAFTU mourns passing of Comrade Winnie Mandela

The South African Federation of Trade Unions lowers its flags in honour of Comrade Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, one of the great revolutionary icons of the struggle for […]
March 29, 2018

SAFTU appalled at child labour report

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is appalled at the shocking report by Statistics SA that 577 000 children in South Africa, some as young […]
March 28, 2018

Employment survey: new jobs a drop in the ocean of unemployment

South African workers have no reason to cheer at Statistics SA’s latest Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) survey released on Tuesday 27 March 2018. The headline figures […]
March 25, 2018

SAFTU demands proper consultation with workers on new labour laws

The South African Federation of Trade Unions joins the growing chorus of people demanding that Parliament gives more time to debate the Minimum Wage Bill and […]
March 25, 2018

SAFTU appalled at charges against Zuma, Zokwana and COSATU President Dlamini

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is outraged by yet another serious allegation that former president Jacob Zuma is being investigated by the Hawks for […]
March 24, 2018

SAFTU condemns corrupt Transnet deal and demands local jobs

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is angered by the shocking revelation that China South Rail (CSR), a Chinese rail company, which allegedly paid bribes […]
March 23, 2018

SAFTU’s response to Business Day

The South African Federation Trade Unions strongly objects to an article in Business Day, ‘Saftu owes us papers, says Nedlac’, which asserts SAFTU failed to answer […]
March 20, 2018

SAFTU congratulates Justice Dikgang Moseneke on Esidimeni ruling

The South African Federation of Trade Unions congratulates former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke on his ruling in the Life Esidimeni Arbitration – that the Gauteng […]
March 20, 2018

SAFTU welcomes Moyane’s suspension

The South African Federation of Trade Unions welcomes the suspension by President Cyril Ramaphosa of SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane and his replacement by Mark Kingon. The […]
March 19, 2018

Statement on the fourth meeting of the National Executive Committee of the South African Federation of Trade Unions, 16-18 March 2018

The South African Federation of Trade Unions held a scheduled meeting of its National Executive Committee (NEC) from 16-18 March 2018, attended by delegates from its […]
March 17, 2018

SAFTU welcomes Zuma prosecution

The South African Federation of Trade Unions enthusiastically welcomes the long-overdue decision of the National Prosecution Authority (NPA) to prosecute former president Jacob Zuma on16 charges […]
March 15, 2018

SAFTU appalled at violence on Metrorail trains

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is appalled and angry at the frequency and brutality of attacks on workers and passengers on Prasa’s Metrorail trains. […]
March 15, 2018

SAFTU welcome Marikana arrests but demands action against all culprits

The South African Federation of Trade Unions welcomes the arrest of seven senior police officials and two security guards who appeared in the Rustenburg Magistrate’s Court […]
March 15, 2018

Jobs crisis at Evander and nationally

The South African Federation of Trade Unions pledges its solidarity with the mineworkers at the Evander mine in Mpumalanga, who are the latest victims of the […]
March 13, 2018

SAFTU calls for Public Protector’s resignation or dismissal

The South African Federation of Trade Unions fully supports the demand for the resignation or dismissal of the Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane. The Federation has already […]
March 12, 2018

SAFTU congratulates FAWU on march to Parliament

The South African Federation of Trade Unions warmly congratulates its affiliate, the Food and Allied workers Union on their march to Parliament today. The federation fully […]

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 […]