2020 Statements

January 26, 2023

INTEREST RATE HIKES ARE SUFFOCATING WORKING PEOPLE AND SMALL BUSINESSES

SAFTU OPPOSES THE INTEREST RATE HIKE  In yet another painful blow, the South African Reserve Bank (SARB)’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has hiked the interest rates […]
January 23, 2023

SAFTU CONDEMNS THE MURDER OF THULANI MASEKO BY MSWATI’S REGIME

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) condemns the murder of Thulani Maseko, a human rights lawyer and a freedom fighter in eSwatini. It is […]
January 21, 2023

SAFTU JOINS THE LEGAL CHALLENGE TO HOLD GOVERNMENT AND ESKOM ACCOUNTABLE

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) joins the legal challenge to hold government and Eskom management accountable. Our affiliate, the National Union of Metalworkers […]
January 20, 2023

LEARNERS SUCCEED DESPITE CHALLENGES FACING PUBLIC EDUCATION

SAFTU CONGRATULATES MATRIC CLASS OF 2022  The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) salutes the matric class of 2022 for the stellar performance. These results […]
January 19, 2023

INFLATION STILL STUBBORNLY HIGH

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) notes the stubborn inflation which remains high above 7%, and averaged 7,2% in December 2022. Our members and […]
January 13, 2023

ELECTRICITY TARIFF HIKE SUFFOCATES WORKING CLASS HOUSEHOLDS

SAFTU REJECTS NERSA’S TARIFF APPROVAL  In September 2022 when the National Energy Regulator of SA (NERSA) was conducting public hearings regarding Eskom’s proposed 32% tariff increase, […]
January 12, 2023

SAFTU LACKS CONFIDENCE IN MINISTER BLADE NZIMANDE TO DEAL WITH THE SITUATION AT FORT HARE UNIVERSITY

Elaborating on the lack of confidence we have in the Minister of Higher Education to resolve the life-threatening situation at Fort Hare University on eNCA earlier […]
January 12, 2023

SAFTU CALLS FOR PROTECTION OF PROF SAKHELA BUHLUNGU AND THE FORT HARE UNIVERSITY’S EXECUTIVE

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) condemns attempts to kill Fort Hare’s vice-chancellor, Professor Sakhela Buhlungu, and calls for special police protection of the […]
December 29, 2022

THE CAPITALIST CRISIS IS DEEPENING, BUT WORKERS HAVE STARTED REBELLING

SAFTU END YEAR STATEMENT The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) sends festive and revolutionary greetings and our warmest wishes to our members, the working […]
December 14, 2022

SAFTU WELCOMES THE SIU REPORT AND CALLS FOR MORE DIGGING

JUSTICE FOR BABITA DEOKARAN   The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) welcomes the release of the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) report by the Office […]
December 14, 2022

DESTRUCTION OF PRASA MEANS WORSENING LIVING STANDARDS FOR THE WORKING CLASS

The article published by amaBhungane on 12 December 2022 should not surprise any South African. This is what has become of the State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) […]
December 9, 2022

STAGE SIX INDICATIVE OF A DEEPER CRISIS IN SOCIETY

STAGE SIX INDICATIVE OF A DEEPER CRISIS IN SOCIETY DE RUYTER MUST RESIGN   The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) reiterates its call for […]
December 7, 2022

MINOR GROWTH IS NOTHING TO CELEBRATE

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) notes the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for quarter 3 of 2022. Though the figures show the economy grew […]
December 1, 2022

PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA MUST RESIGN AND FACE THE FULL MIGHT OF THE LAW

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) commends the evaluation of limited information and the preliminary findings made by the Section 89 Independent Panel and calls […]
November 29, 2022

MINOR DECREASES IN UNEMPLOYMENT LIKELY NOT TO HOLD INTO THE FUTURE

PROSPECTS OF UNEMPLOYMENT LOOM AS SARB INCREASE INTEREST RATES   The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) notes the minor decrease in unemployment, but remains […]
November 24, 2022

CHOKING THE WORKING CLASS

In another move dubbed the normalisation of the policy rates, the South African Reserve Bank (SARB)’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has hiked the interest rate by […]
November 23, 2022

SAFTU IS DEEPLY HURT AND ANGERED BY THE RELEASE OF JANUSZ WALUS BY THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) is disgusted by the callous, insensitive, and cold decision of the Constitutional Court to grant parole to Jansz […]
November 23, 2022

RLS–SAFTU Political School 2: The Energy Crisis

 The climate crisis continues to worsen. Since the 1C breach in 2015, climate extremes such as floods, droughts, cyclones, and heatwaves are climate realities and felt acutely […]
November 18, 2022

PUBLIC SERVICE UNIONS RESPONSE TO THE MISLEADING STATEMENT BY THE ACTING MINISTER FOR THE PUBLIC SERVICE AND ADMINISTRATION ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A 7.5% OFFER

The Public Service Unions under COSATU, FEDUSA and SAFTU notes with disdain the misleading statement by the Acting Minister of Public Service and Administration (PSA), Thulas […]
November 14, 2022

FIGHT FOR CPI+ WAGE INCREASES AND FOR THE EXPANSION OF THE PUBLIC SECTOR WAGE BILL

GODONGWANA’S AUSTERITY IS ANTI-WORKER AND ANTI-POOR The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) rejects the Minister of Finance’s utterances that the government will have to […]
November 3, 2022

SAFTU IS DISAPPOINTED AT KGANYAGO’S DRIVE FOR MORE INTEREST RATE HIKES

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) is disappointed that the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) governor, Lesetja Kganyago, is still committed to the monetary […]
November 1, 2022

ONE SWALLOW DOTH NOT SUMMER MAKE

 THE PURPLE SPRING CAN ONLY TURN INTO SUMMER IF THE WORKING CLASS UNDERWRITES IT   SAFTU WELCOMES LULA’S VICTORY The South African Federation of Trade Unions […]
October 27, 2022

FINANCE MINISTER ENOCH GODONGWANA AFFIRMS NEOLIBERAL DOGMA AS SOCIO-ECONOMIC-POLITICAL-ECOLOGICAL CRISES WORSEN

The Minister of Finance, Enoch Godongwana, has affirmed the predictions made by the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) ahead of the Medium-Term Budget Policy […]
October 25, 2022

SAFTU EXPECTATIONS FROM THE MEDIUM-TERM BUDGET POLICY STATEMENT

In the much-anticipated medium term budget policy statement (MTBPS), the Minister of Finance, Enoch Godongwana, will, like his counterparts at the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), […]
October 19, 2022

SAFTU WELCOMES THE COURT ORDER TO ATTACH MARKUS JOOSTE’S ASSETS

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) welcomes the court order granted in favour of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) to seize the assets […]
October 19, 2022

RAMAPHOSA DEFEATED BY THE PUBLIC SAFTU WELCOMES THE FORCED RETRIEVAL OF THE AMENDMENTS TO THE MINISTERIAL HANDBOOK

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) is pleased that President Cyril Ramaphosa was forced to retrieve the amendments they had enacted in the ministerial […]
October 18, 2022

RESIST LOADSHEDDING AND OPPOSE THE PRIVATISATION OF ESKOM

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) will picket against the rolling blackouts, and to register their continued opposition to the privatisation of Eskom on […]
October 7, 2022

PRECARITY AND SLAVE WAGES MUST GO

SAFTU OBSERVES THE WORLD DAY FOR DECENT WORK  The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) commemorates today, 7 October, the International Day for Decent Work. […]
October 7, 2022

RETAIL BOSSES PAY RISE: FRUITS OF EXPLOITATION AND INFLATION

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) notes the reports showing the CEOs in two retail corporates, Shoprite and Woolworths, have received significant increases to […]
September 27, 2022

POLITICAL SCHOOL SEMINAR

XENOPHOBIA AND LABOUR MIGRATION South Africa has a rich, long history of labour migration. Historically, gold mining drove mass amounts of labour migration in South Africa […]