2018 Statements

November 17, 2018

SAFTU condemns SABC blackout of Bafana

The South African Federation of Trade Unions condemns in the strongest terms the decision of the SABC not to broadcast the football matches between both Bafana […]
November 16, 2018

SAFTU calls on workers join march for Eskom jobs and against privatisaton

SAFTU calls on workers join march for Eskom jobs and against privatisaton The South African Federation of Trade Unions calls on workers to join the march […]
November 12, 2018

SAFTU demands action against private as well as public sector corruption

The South African Federation of Trade Unions has noted the R15 million fine the Reserve Bank imposed on the South African branch of the Hong Kong […]
November 12, 2018

SAFTU’s socialist programme the only solution to capitalist crisis

The South African Federation of Trade Unions welcomes the opportunity to respond to Mondli Makhanya’s article – Dear Saftu, please grow up – in last Sunday’s […]
November 7, 2018

SAFTU outraged at findings of SABC sexual harassment report

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is outraged by the findings of the commission of inquiry into sexual harassment at the SABC. Not only did […]
November 2, 2018

SAFTU says NO to shut-down of SAA

The South African Federation of Trade Unions strongly opposes the call by finance minister Tito Mboweni to shut down South African Airways (SAA), on the grounds […]
October 30, 2018

SAFTU appalled at yet another unemployment rise

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is appalled by yet another rise in the rate of unemployment. The statistics for the third quarter of 2018 […]
October 29, 2018

SAFTU alarmed at President’s comments about business ‘heroes’

The South African Federation of Trade Unions has noted with alarm President Ramaphosa’s comment at the Investment Conference on 26 October 2018, that “it is time […]
October 25, 2018

SAFTU’s verdict on the MTBPS

The South African Federation of Trade Unions predicted that the Medium-term Budget Policy Statement would take us to hell. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni must have listened […]
October 23, 2018

Declaration of the SAFTU Special Central Committee, 17 October 2018 Boksburg

The South African Federation of Trade Unions has held the first-ever meeting of its Special Central Committee (SCC), the highest constitutional structure between National Congresses. Socio-economic […]
October 23, 2018

SAFTU’s expects hell from the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement

The South African Federation of Trade Unions has no confidence that the Finance Minister’s first medium-term budget speech (MTBPS) will do anything other than deliver another […]
October 22, 2018

SAFTU alarmed at violent and fatal assaults on workers

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is alarmed by the rising number of violent and sometimes fatal attacks on workers. In just this month of […]
October 19, 2018

SAFTU horrified at cruel murder of workers

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is horrified and disgusted at the report of a tow-truck owner in Mariannhill, Durban, who allegedly poured petrol over […]
October 18, 2018

SAFTU welcomes probe into PIC

The South Africa Federation of Trade Unions welcomes the President’s announcement that the promised judicial inquiry into the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), will be headed by […]
October 13, 2018

SAFTU outraged at VBS “Great Bank Heist’

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is outraged at the report “The Great Bank Heist”, which proves that almost R2 billion was looted from the […]
October 10, 2018

SAFTU calls on new Finance Minister to reverse austerity

The South African Federation of Trade Unions has noted the appointment of Tito Mboweni as Minister of Finance and hopes that he will reject the economic […]
October 9, 2018

SAFTU welcomes Nene resignation

The South African Federation of Trade Unions welcomes the resignation of Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene after he misled the people of South Africa when, in numerous […]
October 9, 2018

SAFTU rejects repackaged old neoliberal and austerity programmes that have dismally failed for the past 24 years

The outcome of the Jobs Summit on 4-5 October 2018 confirms all the worst fears of the South African Federation of Trade Unions, and vindicates its […]
October 5, 2018

SAFTU condemns ‘death trains’

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is outraged at the train crash, in which 320 commuters were injured, including the train crews, when one PRASA […]
October 3, 2018

SAFTU supports community protests

The South African Federation of Trade Unions expresses its full support for the poor communities across the country who are rising in protest against poverty, unemployment, […]
October 2, 2018

SAFTU demands measures to cut the price of fuel

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is extremely concerned at yet another increase in the price of fuel, which will have a devastating impact on […]
October 2, 2018

Why SAFTU will not be at the Jobs Summit: Open letter to NEDLAC

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) has received an invitation from Madoda Vilakazi, the Executive Director of the National Economic Development and Labour Council […]
September 29, 2018

Media allegations of sexual misconduct of the SAFTU General Secretary

SAFTU has noted with concern that faceless individuals with a clear malicious intent and pursuing a political agenda not only against the SAFTU General Secretary, Zwelinzima […]
September 27, 2018

SAFTU appalled by latest employment statistics

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is appalled by the StatsSA report that employment fell by 69 000 to 9 748 000 in the second quarter of 2018. […]
September 26, 2018

SAFTU alarmed at threatened retrenchments at SABC

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is alarmed at the threat to hundreds of jobs at the SABC. At a time when South Africa has […]
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 […]

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 […]