FEDUSA, COSATU slam SAFTU's countrywide strike

FEDUSA, COSATU slam SAFTU's countrywide strike

FEDUSA, COSATU slam SAFTU's countrywide strike

He said the amended labour laws, which are currently before the parliamentary portfolio committee, will now force unions to navigate even more obstacles before they can go on strike, including strict rules on balloting of members, picket regulations which will prevent strikers engaging with other workers and extending conciliation procedures, even after negotiations have deadlocked.

The bus strike is to continue after the Department of Labour's attempted intervention between employer organisations and unions representing striking bus drivers was fruitless.

The people have nothing to fear.

However, workers affiliated with COSATU, defying the communique, that warned them not to attend the strike, joined the national stay away.

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Saftu's national strike comes amid the bus strike that has affected thousands of commuters across the country.

Mhlanga added that the SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu), the National Professional Teachers Organisation of SA, the National Teachers Union, the Professional Educators Union and the SA Onderwysers Unie were the main unions in the basic education sector.

Mugwena Maluleke, the convenor of Cosatu unions in the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council, said the unions had tabled their consolidated wage demands on October 5 2017.

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Meanwhile, the Right2Know Campaign joined the strike and says the right to strike is a critical provision to South Africa's democracy and protected by the Constitution.

"There will be absolutely no danger", he reportedly said, and said people should ignore hoax messages warning that there would be chaos.

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