Recent Statements

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 […]
October 31, 2017

Illicit trading: a criminal activity that is robbing South Africa of billions of rands each year

Amongst the sensational revelations in Jacques Pauw’ book The President’s Keepers, about illegal activities involving President Zuma, was another very important revelation – that dirty money […]
October 30, 2017

SAFTU outraged by latest corruption revelations

The South African Federation of Trade Unions has frequently warned of the danger of the country degenerating into a ‘kleptocracy’ – defined in the dictionary as […]
October 27, 2017

Long Live the spirit of Comrade OR Tambo!

The South African Federation of Trade Unions, on this the 100th anniversary of his birth on 27 October 1917, pays tribute to Comrade OR Tambo, one […]
October 26, 2017

SAFTU’s response to the MTBPS 2017

The Medium-term Budget Policy Statement by Finance Minster Malusi Gigaba has confirmed all the worst fears of the South African Federation of Trade Unions that it […]
October 25, 2017

Violent crime out of control and the poor pay the price – SAFTU

The crime statistics released by Police Minister Fikile Mbalula confirm the South African Federation of Trade Unions’s view that violent crime is escalating out of control. […]
October 24, 2017

SAFTU’s expectations from MTBPS statement

When finance minister Malusi Gigaba delivers his first Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) in Parliament on 25 October 2017, it will provide him with the […]
October 17, 2017

SAFTU statement on Cabinet reshuffle

The South African Federation of Trade unions has noted with concern yet another Cabinet reshuffle by a clearly desperate President Zuma. The new ministers are; 1. […]
October 17, 2017

SAFTU’s submission to the Parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises, 17 October 2017

SAFTU’s submission to the Parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises, 17 October 2017 SAFTU condemns possible use of PIC funds to bail out bankrupt SOEs The South […]
October 14, 2017

SAFTU demands Mbalula’ must go!

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is disgusted by the conduct of Police Minister Fikile Mbalula in Cape Town on Friday 6 October. In a […]
October 13, 2017

SAFTU calls on Jacob Zuma to step down

The South African Federation of Trade Unions welcomes today’s ruling by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA), which dismissed, with costs, an attempt by President Jacob […]
October 11, 2017

SAFTU demands a free, democratic and accountable SABC

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is alarmed at President Zuma’s long delay in approving the new SABC board. The Interim Board’s term of office […]
October 11, 2017

Solidarity with the Kumba 91!

The South African Federation of Trade Union sends a message of solidarity to the 91 sacked mine workers who are still fighting for their reinstatement five […]
October 11, 2017

SAFTU deplores armed attacks on paramedics

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is enraged at the news of two paramedics being robbed at gunpoint in Alexandra, Johannesburg, today. They had just […]
October 9, 2017

SAFTU demands urgent action to end the violent crime in Manenberg

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is appalled at the dire situation facing residents of Manenberg, Cape Town, as violent criminals rampage through the streets […]
October 5, 2017

Why SAFTU has laid fraud, theft, corruption and money laundering charges against Trillian and others

When the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) was launched in April this year we promised that South Africa would never be the same again. […]
October 3, 2017

SAFTU supports South 32 strike

The South African Federation of Trade Unions pledges its full support for the more than 600 NUMSA members who are on strike at the South 32 […]
October 3, 2017

SAFTU condemns Police Minister’s call for police to break the law

The levels of violent crime in South Africa are soaring. The recent horrific murder of 11 people in the Marikana informal settlement in Philippi was so […]
October 2, 2017

SAPU & SAFTU Media Briefing Statement

10111 Workers are paying a heavy price for the management in the same bed with sweetheart unions! The public will recall that the 10111 workers embarked […]
October 1, 2017

SAFTU calls for urgent action to end violent crime

The South African Federation of Trade Unions demands immediate action to end the carnage taking place in the Marikana informal settlement in Philippi as well as […]
September 30, 2017

SAFTU angered by latest employment statistics

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is outraged at the latest figures in Statistics SA ’s quarterly employment survey, which reveal a loss of 34,000 […]
September 26, 2017

Address to the conference on ‘Decent Standard of Living’ by Zwelinzima Vavi,

Address to the conference on ‘Decent Standard of Living’ by Zwelinzima Vavi, General secretary of the South African Federation of Trade Unions 26 September 2017 Thank […]
September 23, 2017

Hands off workers, pension funds!

The South African Federation views with alarm the latest reports that the Treasury is pushing the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), Africa’s biggest money manager, to come […]
September 22, 2017

SAFTU statement on BLSA’s suspension of KPMG

The South African Federation of Trade Unions welcomes the decision of the Board of Business Leadership SA (BLSA) to suspend KPMG’s membership, pending the probe into […]
September 21, 2017

SAFTU statement on the COSATU general strike

The South African Federation of Trade Unions has noted the call by the Congress of South African Trade Unions for a general strike against corruption on […]
September 19, 2017

SAFTU rejects KPMG’s apology with contempt

The South African Federation of Trade Unions rejects with contempt the ‘apology’ from KPMG accounting firm for the damage they inflicted on the whole country as […]
September 19, 2017

SAFTU condemns Implats’ threat to cut jobs

The South African Federation of Trade Unions condemns the expected announcement from Impala Platinum (Implats) that it may lay off up to 2,500 of its 31,000-strong […]
September 19, 2017

SAFTU supports #DataMustFall’s fight for lower costs

The South African Federation of Trade Unions supports today’s picket against the high cost of data and airtime R2K Gauteng will lead the pickets outside the […]
September 14, 2017

Historic victory for Midrand strikers

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is delighted to announce an important victory for  group of 280 workers who have been fighting courageously for 23 […]
September 13, 2017

SAFTU condemns mine bosses refusal to retrain retrenched workers

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is incensed at today’s revelation by Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant that mining companies are not making use of the […]
September 7, 2017

SAFTU demands its right to join Nedlac and to strike

Members of the South African Federation of Trade Unions will be picketing outside the Annual Summit of the National Economic Development and Labour Council, (Nedlac) from […]
September 5, 2017

Growth stats mean jobless growth for the poor and bigger profits for the rich

The South African Federation of Trade Unions notes the report by Stats SA that South Africa has broken out of a technical recession. Gross domestic product […]
September 5, 2017

Dismissed Mpumalanga farm workers fighting for justice

The South African Federation of Trade Unions and its affiliate, the Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU), have met workers who were dismissed at the Umbhaba […]
September 2, 2017

SAFTU condemns possible use of PIC funds to bail out bankrupt SOEs

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is shocked at Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s statement to the COSATU Central Executive Committee that that he cannot guarantee […]
August 18, 2017

SAFTU condemns labour brokers’ plan to flout law to protect workers

The South African Federation of Trade Unions has noted with concern an allegation by Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) that the Confederation of Associations in the […]
August 16, 2017

Solidarity with the Kumba 91! – SAFTU

The South African Federation of Trade Union sends a message of support and solidarity with 91 mine workers who are still fighting for their reinstatement five […]
August 14, 2017

SAFTU statement on racist violence in USA

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is extremely concerned at the violent demonstrations by the ‘alt-right’ fascist, white-supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, in the USA, on […]