- The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) will lead a strike against the introduction of a national minimum wage on Wednesday
- Saftu said the strike was to oppose ‘the biggest attacks on working-class people, since the end of apartheid’.
- Social media users have had mixed reactions to the strike
The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) under the leadership of the outspoken Zwelinzima Vavi will lead a strike against the introduction of a national minimum wage and amendments to the labour law which it claims will limit the ability of workers to embark on industrial action.
Saftu said it had mobilised its members to oppose what it called the biggest attack on working-class people, since the end of apartheid.
The federation said the proposed minimum wage of R20 an hour or around R3 500 per month was far too low and amounted to a slap in the face of the working-class. Saftu has demanded a living minimum wage, although it has not stated how much it thought would be sufficient.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Saftu has assured South Africans that the strike action which is expected to affect all major city centres around the country would remain peaceful.
Social media users have had mixed reactions to the strike which is likely to cause gridlock in most city centres. Twitter users have had their say about the strike with some questioning why it was taking place, others supporting it and a small group even planning to loot stores.
A message circulated on social media saying those not participating in the strike should rather stay indoors. The message was reported to be fake.
Some wondered why the strike was taking place.
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