The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) is embarking on a nationwide strike on Wednesday morning in protest against the national minimum wage, VAT increase and amendments to the labour law.
Saftu has slammed the planned national minimum wage of R20 per hour (R3-500 a month), the VAT increase from 14% to 15% implemented on April 1, as well as amendments to labour laws which will make it harder for people to go on strike.
Saftu, its affiliates and allies in civil society are expected to take to the streets of Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, Bloemfontein and Polokwane.
The Durban march is expected to start at 10am, with people assembling at Botha’s Place, then marching to Durban City Hall, Departments of Labour, Economic Development and the Premier’s and Mayor’s offices.
“Yes it is all system[s] go… and we still calling on all other federations to come and join us,” posted Saftu on Twitter.
As the second largest trade union federation in South Africa, the strike is expected to attract thousands of protesters which will affect traffic on those routes.