- Saftu has slammed the ANC and all those who have supported the national minimum wage act.
- The National Minimum Wage Bill is one step closer to becoming law after MPs passed the controversial piece of legislation in the National Assembly on Tuesday
- Saftu said it was disgusted by the legislation which would guarantee workers earn R3,500 per month, the union has called for a minimum wage of R12,500 per month
The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) has slammed the African National Congress (ANC) and all those who have supported the National Minimum Wage Bill and amendments to the Labour Relations and Basic Conditions of Employment Acts.
Saftu has accused the ANC of betraying the hopes and dreams of millions of workers by capitulating to white monopoly capitalists over the new national minimum wage, which is one step closer to becoming law after MPs voted in favour of passing the legislation.
The organisation said it would intensify its fight against the minimum wage bill, which guarantees workers who work 40-hours per week will earn R3,500 per month. Saftu has proposed a minimum wage of R12,500 per month.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the bill will now proceed to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) before finally being given to President Cyril Ramaphosa to sign into law. Ramaphosa has a personal stake in the law, having negotiated much of the contents himself when he was deputy president.
Saftu said in a statement: "The South African Federation of Trade Unions is disgusted‚ though not surprised‚ that the ANC majority in Parliament passed the Poverty National Minimum Wage Bill and amendments to the Labour Relations and Basic Conditions of Employment Acts which will threaten workers' constitutional right to strike."
TimeLive.co.za reported that Saftu accused the ANC of betraying the commitments it had made at the 1969 Morogoro Conference to fight poverty.
Saftu said none of those in Parliament who supported the bill would willingly submit themselves or their families to live on the prescribed minimum wage.
The union said it was planning a two-day national strike against the bill and would release details about the strike in the near future.
Saftu’s Moleko Phakedi told EWN.co.za that: “We’re going to have two to three days strike action in bringing about government to realise that workers in the republic and working class at large will not fold their arms when they’re being attacked.”
President Ramaphosa has previously stated that he was aware the minimum wage was not a living wage. He said it was important to see the bill as a starting point for future negotiations.
Ramaphosa said if the government had demanded a minimum wage of R12,500 for all workers the economy would collapse because most small businesses would simply stop trading.
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