- The EFF said it is in the process of creating a labour union during a May Day rally in Middleburg, Mpumalanga
- The political party's leader said the EFF is often taken to court for representing workers, but that does not stop their work
- Julius Malema said the party's union will not side with employers but will ensure workers' needs are met
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MPUMALANGA - Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema revealed his plans to create a labour union to assist workers with challenges and issues they face. Malema spoke during the May Day rally on Sunday, 1 May in Middleburg, Mpumalanga.
The political party has been assisting workers through its labour desk, where they are encouraged to air their grievances. However, according to Malema, the EFF is often taken to court by companies that claim it does not legal authority to challenge issues related to work.
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During his address, Malema said the labour desk has been performing exceptionally and has to fight court battles related to work daily. He said regardless of having a labour union, the party fights for the rights of black people being exploited in the workplace.
According to TimesLIVE, the EFF’s decision to establish a union will allow the party to insource workers in municipalities and other government departments. Malema said an EFF union is “inevitable” and that unions in the country often take the side of employers.
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“That union will never sell their workers out. That union will always be on the side of the workers. The EFF union is coming, this is just a warm-up. We are preparing to do a union and not a Mickey Mouse union that is in cahoots and in bed with the employer,” Malema said while addressing a large crowd.
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He added that workers who are divided are exploited easily, SABC News reported.
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“This makes sense, there's good money in unionising workers and collecting those fees but also in leveraging the associated influence at a political level.”
“Add that the union is to look after the interests of immigrant workers.”
“Why would a political party that wants to be in power one day want to have a union?”
“It’s a well-documented fact that our unions are one of the main reasons for our high unemployment. This will chase investment away in record numbers in light of clicks, H&M stupidity and senseless destruction. They can’t create jobs, so they’ll chase them away for a monthly subscription.”
“This will be a game-changer for workers!”
“Maybe this time you will learn to listen to the workers and their demands.”
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Briefly News previously reported the Economic Freedom Fighters has launched a campaign to check how many South Africans are employed at restaurants in South Africa compared to foreign nationals. The restaurant visits began on Wednesday, 19 January.
The campaign is being led by EFF leader Julius Malema and supported by a few EFF supporters. Malema says he has nothing against foreign nationals working in South Africa but wants to challenge business owners to hire more citizens.
Malema added that he's also trying to protect foreign nationals from being exploited by business owners.
"Those are the people we are protecting because they are being exploited," said Malema.
Source: Briefly News