- President Cyril Ramaphosa has warned workers not to violate human rights or destroy property during protests or strike action
- The president said it was important for protesting workers to ensure they looked vulnerable and not destroy the assets of the nation
- Ramaphosa was speaking at Cosatu’s Worker’s Day rally in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday
President Cyril Ramaphosa has warned workers not to violate human rights or to destroy public property during protest or strike action. Ramaphosa urged workers to exercise discipline and respect human rights at all times.
Ramaphosa was speaking at Cosatu’s Worker’s Day rally in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday. He defended the national minimum wage while admitting it was only a starting point.
The president said it was important for protesting workers to ensure that they looked vulnerable and looked after the assets of the nation.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Ramaphosa lashed out at instances where some workers intimidated and prevented other workers from doing important work such as providing health care.
"Let us have that humanity, there are certain services that are important. In the past children have died as a result of workers not executing some of our duties. We are saying let us have that basic humanity and make sure that the vulnerable in our society, those who are about to give birth must be assisted," he said.
Ramaphosa admitted the national wage was not a living wage, but said it was an important building block for future negotiations.
Ramaphosa said: "As we negotiated this‚ we knew that this is not a living wage. A living wage is much higher than this R20 an hour‚ but we said we need to form a foundation so that we can keep going up because the challenge we faced was that‚ if we suddenly said workers must earn R15‚000‚ a lot of workers would lose their jobs and a lot of companies would close their doors.”
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