2018 Statements

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 […]
March 1, 2018

SAFTU condemns Hawks raid on Jacques Pauw

The South African Federation of Trade Unions strongly condemns the raid on the home of Jacques Pauw, author of “The President’s Keepers”, carried out by the […]
March 1, 2018

The land shall be shared among those who work it!

The South African Congress of Trade Unions welcomes Parliament’s vote to set in motion a process to amend the Constitution so as to allow for the […]
March 1, 2018

Economic crime is rife across all sectors of the economy

The South African Federation of Trade Unions has noted two recent reports which graphically confirm its view that economic crimes in South Arica are not confined […]
February 27, 2018

SAFTU condemns Cabinet reshuffle

The South African Federation of Trade Unions notes with outrage the Cabinet reshuffle announced by President Ramaphosa. It proves beyond doubt that the ANC is now […]
February 26, 2018

SAFTU solidarity with striking mine-workers

The South African Federation of Trade Unions pledges its full support for the striking workers at Gupta-owned mines who are not being paid. About 2,000 workers, […]
February 17, 2018

SAFTU Statement in response to the State of the Nation Address

Firstly, SAFTU congratulates the newly elected President of the Republic, His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa. We wish him well as he ascends to the highest office in […]
February 15, 2018

SAFTU welcomes President Jacob Zuma’s resignation

The South African Federation of Trade unions warmly welcomes President Jacob Zuma’s resignation. This is long overdue! Zuma betrayed the working class of this country. He […]
February 14, 2018

SAFTU welcomes Hawks’ arrests

The South African Federation of Trade Unions welcomes the Hawks’ raid on the Gupta compound in Saxonwold, Johannesburg this morning, the arrest of Ajay Gupta, and […]
February 13, 2018

SAFTU welcomes Zuma’s recall

The South African Federation of Trade Unions welcomes the long overdue recall of Jacob Zuma as President of South Africa, though condemns the ANC leadership’s continuing […]
February 12, 2018

SAFTU demands arrest of Marikana massacre organisers

The South African Federation has noted the shocking testimony given to City Press (11 February 2018) by police officers who were among those at Marikana on […]
February 10, 2018

SAFTU condemns Public Protector’s report on Vrede Farm

The South African Federation of Trade Unions strongly condemns the report released by Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, which purports to be an investigation into “Allegations of […]
February 9, 2018

SAFTU pays tribute to Comrade June Dube

It is with great sorrow that the South African Federation of Trade Unions has learned of the passing away of June Dube, the President of the […]
February 8, 2018

SAFTU and #OutSourcingMustFall movement celebrate victory in Johannesburg

The South African Federation of Trade Unions warmly welcomes the announcement by Johannesburg Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba that the jobs of 4 000 security workers are […]
February 6, 2018

SAFTU condemns PIC loan to Eskom

The South African Federation of Trade Unions strongly condemns the decision of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) to give Eskom a loan of R5 billion to […]
January 31, 2018

SAFTU deplores brutal attack on Springs farm worker

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is appalled and outraged by the allegations made against an Ekurhuleni employer and his family of horrific acts inflicted […]
January 26, 2018

SAFTU claims victory as NPA and Hawks finally crack down on corruption

The South African Federation of Trade Unions warmly welcomes this morning’s  search and seizure operations by the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigations (the Hawks) relating to […]
January 26, 2018

SAFTU broadly welcomes Commission of Inquiry’s term of reference but urges them to look at all state capturers

The South African Federation of Trade Unions broadly welcomes the terms of reference which will guide the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture and corruption. […]
January 23, 2018

SAFTU pays tribute to Hugh Masekela

The South African Federation of Trade Unions joins all South Africans, and millions of others around the world, in mourning the passing of the legendary Bra […]
January 23, 2018

SAFTU welcomes Singh’s resignation from Eskom

The South African Federation of Trade Unions welcomes the resignation of Eskom’s chief financial officer, Anoj Singh, and calls on the utility’s Head of Generation, Matshela […]
January 21, 2018

SAFTU welcomes appointment of new Eskom Board

The South African Federation of Trade Unions welcomes the removal of Eskom’s old Board of Directors and the appointment of a new Board headed by Telkom […]
January 21, 2018

SAFTU welcomes AFU’s action to recover “proceeds of crime”

The South African Federation of Trade Unions welcomes the preservation order granted by the Free State high court in Bloemfontein against the Gupta-linked Estina business. Judge […]
January 16, 2018

SAFTU shocked at zama zama deaths

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is shocked at the news that the decomposing bodies of seven suspected ‘illegal’ miners have been recovered near a […]
January 15, 2018

SAFTU in solidarity with NUPSAW strikers at DisChem

The South African Federation of Trade Unions backs its affiliate, the National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers [NUPSAW], which is preparing for a strike […]
January 15, 2018

The Net is Closing on Corruption

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) applauds the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) team, under advocate Knorx Molelle, for obtaining an order under section 38 […]
January 15, 2018

SAFTU condemns cancellation of nursing intake

The South African Federation of Trade Unions pledges its total support to its affiliate, the Young Nurses Indaba Trade Union (YNITU), in rejecting the sudden, outrageous […]
January 13, 2018

SAFTU condemns Trump’s reported racist remark

The South African Federation of Trade Unions vehemently condemns the vile, racist remarks allegedly made on 11 January 2018 by US President Donald Trump. According to […]
January 10, 2018

SAFTU statement on the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture

The South African Federation of Trade Unions welcomes the statement by President Zuma announcing the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry into state capture. He had […]
January 9, 2018

SAFTU condemns murder of farm worker

The South African Federation of Trade Unions condemns in the strongest terms the murder of a 32-year-old farm worker on a farm in Tarlton, outside Krugersdorp. […]
January 5, 2018

SAFTU statement on Matric results and education crisis

The South African Federation of Trade Unions congratulates all the 75.1% of learners – and their teachers, families and school governing bodies – who passed their […]
January 5, 2018

SAFTU sends condolences to families of train crash victims

The South African Federation of Trade Unions sends its condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives in yesterday’s train crash in […]
January 3, 2018

SAFTU’s response to articles on Workers’ Party

The South African Federation of Trade Unions has noted the Star and Pretoria News stories under headlines that suggest that “SAFTU affiliates divided on setting up […]
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. […]

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 […]