Trevor Shaku, spokesman for the South African Federation of Trade Unions, said that the unions are calling for a nationwide shutdown on August 24 because the working class is being ignored and marginalized.
According to reports, workers are protesting for better working conditions and a monthly minimum pay of R12,500.
The hardships endured by South Africa's working class and impoverished under the current government have prompted this shutdown. On the day of the closure, everything must stop, according to Zwelinzima Vavi, general secretary of Saftu.
Vavi elaborates that South Africans have been working hard for a long time, but nothing has improved. According to him, it's high time for a shift.
"The marching has gone on and on! Let's go into high gear now! #24Aug22NationalShutDown, "He made a public statement on Facebook.
The union and its supporters want employers to hire those who are out of work and pay them a living wage. They would also like to see decreases in the costs of basic utilities like food, fuel, power, and water.
Prior to the nationwide closure on August 24, there will be a number of partial shutdowns at the provincial level.
President Cyril Ramaphosa held a presidential Imbizo in Gauteng province today, where he heard from many citizens who are fed up with the current situation in South Africa and expressed their sentiments to the ANC leader.
One of the locals who vented his anger explained that he had no money because he is out of work and has run out of food. His wife was on the verge of leaving him because of his job search, he told the president. The man begged Ramaphosa to give him a job.
This is only one of many problems people in the country are having, and Saftu and its allies are planning a shutdown to get their point across.
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