Saturday, 22. September 2018

The 13th COSATU National Congress continues its works for the third day with fruitful exchanges among the COSATU affiliates. The WFTU General Secretary, George Mavrikos, addressed the Congress, and welcomed COSATU home, at a historical moment for the South African and the world militant trade Union movement, when COSATU decided for full membership with WFTU.

Speech of WFTU GS:

Dear friends and comrades, brothers and sisters,

Revolutionary salute from the five continents.
I am conveying to you here the solidarity and internationalism of the big class-oriented family of WFTU. On the behalf of our 100 million members, we are expressing to you our respect, estimation and comradeship.

The South African CP claims to advance to a second radical phase of national democratic revolution to overcome unemployment and inequality.

South African Communist Party (SACP) Central Committee (CC) issued a statement on 19 August 2018 concerning the key challenges of the current revolution. The statement was based on the Political Report to the CC by general secretary, Cde Blade Nzimande, identifying these challenges as being two-fold:

- The imperative of advancing a second radical phase of the national democratic revolution as the only way to break out of the vicious cycle of high levels of unemployment, poverty and inequality and poor economic growth; and

- An absolutely necessary condition for this, the DEFENCE of our constitutional democracy, our progressive advances, and our broad movement, in the face of a desperate fight-back campaign by the parasitic looters within and beyond our movement.

The World Federation of Trade Unions, which is the militant voice of 92 million workers in 126 countries all over the world, expresses its solid support and full solidarity to the workers of National Chicks in Kwa-Zulu Natal, in their fair struggle and demands.

The workers have gone on strike since 8th of August 2018, demanding a wage increase of 10 %, 13th cheque and productivity bonus.

The World Federation of Trade Unions representing 92 million workers in the 5 continents, strongly condemns the insulting wage offers by the gold producers in South Africa.

Only one day after the “proposal” of the employers, more than 600 miners were rescued after an underground fire at Gold One’s Modder East operations in Springs, east of Johannesburg. This “accident” took place hardly two weeks after six workers horribly died when a fire broke out underground at a Palabora Mining Company mineshaft in Limpopo.

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the South African Communist Party (SACP) in the Western Cape will jointly march to Eskom, Building Industry Bargaining Council (BIBC) and the Department of Labour. Eskom will receive the memorandum at the regional offices and management of both the BIBC and the Department of Labour will receive the memorandum at the BIBC building.

South African Communist Party underlines the findings of the Health Market Inquiry report, indicating to the need for a system of universal quality health care.

The South African Communist Party (SACP) welcomed the provisional report of the Health Market Inquiry (HMI) into the rising and astronomical costs of private health care - which `only a minority of South Africans can afford`. The findings of the report released on July 6th strongly supports the case for South Africa to move decisively forward to a system of universal quality health care through a National Health Insurance (NHI) programme.

sacpThe South African Communist Party has noted the pursuit of an orchestrated campaign against the introduction of the National Health Insurance (NHI). The SACP is combat ready and will take the capitalist profiteers - who benefit from the status quo - and their agents head-on until the NHI is successfully implemented. The SACP is therefore encouraging the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi to release the NHI Bill for and in the interests of the workers and poor, the majority of our nation.

On Saturday 16 June, the South African Federation of Trade Unions will join millions of South African in honouring the memory of the young heroes and heroines who sacrificed their lives on this day in 1976 in Soweto.

Between 5,000 and 15,000 students walked out of their schools and assembled for a march to Orlando Stadium to protest against the Afrikaans Medium Decree, which declared that all black children should be taught equally in English and Afrikaans.

The World Federation of Trade Unions representing more than 92 million workers around the world, fully supports its affiliated organisation in South Africa: National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) for its decision to call for a total shutdown in Eskom electricity company.

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