Friday, 20. July 2018

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.

The South African Federation of Trade Unions strongly condemns the assassination  of S’fiso Ngcobo, chairperson of the eKukhanyeni branch of community group Abahlali baseMjondolo, in Marianhill, KZN.

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is not joining in the euphoria over President Ramaphosa’s completion of 100 days as President of South Africa. This ‘Ramaphoria’ is misplaced.

The federation welcomed the resignation of former President Zuma, but immediately warned that the new president would not usher in a ‘new dawn’ for the working class and the poor majority of South Africans.

The South African Federation of Trade Unions is horrified at the attempted assassination of the Deputy President of the National Teachers Union, Allen Thompson. He was shot in the shoulder and is recuperating in Hospital. SAFTU wishes his a full recovery.

In a statement, NATU President, Siphosethu Ngcobo, said Thompson was shot in his vehicle near Umhlanga on Friday afternoon, 11 May 2018, while travelling from his offices in Empangeni to Durban.

The class-oriented international trade union, the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) representing more than 92 million workers from 126 countries worldwide, received with desolate report about the death of four mineworkers who died after being trapped underground for many days without any intervention at the Masakhane Mine in South Africa.

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