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National Shutdown On Cards? Saftu's Leadership Has Confirmed


The South African Federation of Trade Unions, spokesperson Trevor Shaku had argued that the country's working class is being sidelined and disregarded, hence they have made a call for a national shutdown on 24 August.

Workers are allegedly demanding a basic wage of not less that R12500 per month, and also want the working conditions to be improved.

This shutdown is about the critical conditions faced by working-class and poor people in South Africa under the current administration. Saftu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said everything must come to a stand still on the day of the shutdown.

Vavi adds that South Africans have been toiling for a long time, and the situation doesn't seem to have changed at all. He says it is now time that things must change.

"We have been marching and marching! It's time to change gear! #24Aug22NationalShutDown," he posted on social media.

The union and it's allies are demanding jobs for those who are currently unemployed for a reasonable wage. They also want the prices of food, fuel, electricity and water to be reduced so that the poor can be able to afford these basic necessities.

There is also going to be a series of provincial shutdowns in the lead up to the official national shutdown scheduled for the 24th of August.

Meanwhile, president Cyril Ramaphosa today had a presidential Imbizo in Gauteng province, and several residents who are frustrated with the state of things in the country told the ANC leader that they were tired of suffering.

One of the residents who aired his frustrations, said he is unemployed and there is no food at his house. He also told the president that his wife almost left him because of his struggle to find a job. He pleaded with Ramaphosa for a job.

This is one of the many situations being faced by citizens in the country, and Saftu with its allies are going to stage a national shutdown in demand for these grievances to be heard.

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Saftu South African Federation of Trade Unions Trevor Shaku


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