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SA trade unions battle for inflation-beating pay increases for 1.2m

THE LABOUR Court in Johannesburg will be the setting for South Africa’s trade unions and the African National Congress (ANC) government to fight it...

South Africa crashes into economic depression – socialist revolution is the...

ON WEDNESDAY South African president Cyril Ramaphosa announced the death at the age of 91 of George Bizos, the renowned human rights lawyer who...

SA unions serve notice on Cyril Ramaphosa!

THE UNCOMPROMISING attack on corruption in the governing party by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has the potential to shake up...

IndustriALL union supports investigation into PPE tenders in SA

INDUSTRIALL Global union affiliates in South Africa are supporting the current probe by the country’s Special Investigating Unit into fraudulent activities in the awarding...

‘STOP CODDLING ECONOMIC CRIMINALS’ – SAFTU tells South African Treasury

SAFTU (The South African Federation of Trades Unions) has called on the South African Treasury and the Reserve Bank to ‘stop coddling economic criminals...

NEHAWU prepares for September 3 national strike

MEMBERS of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) in Kimberley picketed outside the Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Hospital on Monday, in preparation...

NORMALISATION DEAL– ‘The UAE regime’s gravest betrayal of the struggle for...

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has slammed the recent ‘normalisation agreement’ between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel, and has called...

Eight Years Since The Marikana Massacre Of 34 Miners

YESTERDAY, South Africa marked the anniversary of one of the darkest moments in its history – when police officials opened fire on striking Lonmin...

UAE & Israel ‘normalise’ relations! The UK must NOW recognise the...

US PRESIDENT Trump announced on Thursday that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel will ‘normalise’ relations. UAE is the first Arab nation to...

Zimbabwe rulers brand ZCTU unions ‘terrorist organisations’

THE UNI Global Union has condemned ‘in the strongest terms’ the labelling of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) as a terrorist organisation...

Escalating looting of South Africa’s resources – SAFTU statement

‘THE SOUTH African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) founding congress in April 2017 warned our members, and the entire country, that both of the...

Trade Unions Condemn Zanu-Pf – ‘Behaving Like The Racist Rhodesian Government!

THE ZIMBABWE Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has vowed to continue mobilising workers to protest until the government addresses their legitimate grievances. In a statement...

SOUTH AFRICAN UNION NEHAWU CALLS TO ‘STAY AWAY’ ON AUGUST 28th...

THE NATIONAL Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) has called on health staff to stay away from work on 28th August to protest...

South Africa: ‘A society that has become the most unequal in...

‘THE South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) has consistently opposed the need to borrow from the international financial institutions for reasons we will...

‘We will conclude this matter on the streets!’ say South African...

THE South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) in Ekurhuleni is shocked and agitated that out of the blue, the City has provoked municipal workers...

‘Eviction, homelessness and hunger’ facing US families – Indivar Dutta-Gupta advisor...

AN ECONOMIC adviser to the campaign of US Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has warned of ‘evictions, homelessness, and food insecurity’ by the end...

13 Zimbabwe nurses arrested at pay protest

THE ZIMBABWEAN government has arrested thirteen nurses who were protesting their deteriorating pay and working conditions. They have since been released on bail –...

SA education unions demand suspension of schooling – as 10,000 schools...

LESS than two weeks after schools re-opened in South Africa, there have been growing calls to suspend schooling as many schools have recorded positive...

South African miners–hundreds of coronavirus cases

SOUTH Africa’s mining companies have recorded hundreds of Covid-19 cases, with most not complying with government measures – and also not complying with requirements...

SAFTU honours memory of Soweto youth 1976

AS SAFTU (the South African Federation of Trade Unions) honours the memory of the youth of Soweto 1976 – and as the Black Lives...

SAFTU condemns assassination of community leaders!

SAFTU (the big South African Confederation of Trades Unions) has strongly condemned ‘the low-intensity war against working-class activists!’ In a statement earlier this week, SAFTU...

‘Opening schools at this stage would be committing genocide’ – Educators...

‘THERE is no way schools can be opened at this stage because that would be committing genocide,’ Educators Union of South Africa (EUSA) Secretary...

NUM & AMCU oppose reopening of mines in South Africa

THE South African mining sector’s two union rivals – the NUM and AMCU – have a common cause: Strident opposition to the reopening of...

‘No return under unsafe conditions’ say South African teachers

‘OUR INPUT on reopening schools during lockdown is being ignored’ say South African unions. Two of the country’s biggest unions have indicated that they will...

SAFTU celebrates the International Day of the Nurse – condemns government...

THE SOUTH African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU), on this day when the world celebrates the International Day of the Nurse and the 200th...

‘Workers Should Down Tools If They Feel Unsafe’ – Cosatu

WORKERS should be allowed to down tools if their employers fail to provide them with masks and other protective gear in line with the...

‘South African mine companies exposing workers to risk of virus’ says...

THE KIMBERLEY Region of the NUM (National Union of Mineworkers) has expressed its disappointment and concern following the decision by Gwede Mantashe, South Africa’s...

South African Farmworkers Facing Hunger Two Weeks Into Lockdown!

ON April 9th South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the lockdown to disrupt the transmission of Covid-19 in the country would be ‘extended...

‘Healthcare workers … are our soldiers being sent into war without...

‘HEALTHCARE workers are our soldiers on the front line, and they are literally being sent into war without any weapons,’ insisted Numsa general secretary...

‘When companies are exempted the whole process is a circus’ says...

WORKERS in Zimbabwe have expressed dismay at the lack of seriousness on the government’s part, after it exempted more companies to operate during the...

Police shoot two SA nurses during Covid-19 transport confusion!

TWO SOUTH African Free State nurses were shot with rubber bullets by police last Tuesday in Welkom, the National Education, Health and Allied Workers...

Zimbabwe trade unions ‘itching for mass action’ to be paid in...

THE OPPOSITION Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has joined forces with the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) to push for salaries in United...

SAFTU demands resignation after attempts to derigister municipal workers union

THE SOUTH African Federation of Trade Unions has called on Labour Registrar Advocate Lehlohonolo Molefe to ‘resign’ – after the labour court suspended as...

South African workers fear a lack of health cover

COSATU – The Confederation of South African Trade Unions – has held a Central Executive Committee workshop to discuss a number of pertinent issues...

Palestinians urge EU to prevent new Israeli settlement

SAEB EREKAT, secretary general of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), on Wednesday urged the European Union to intervene to prevent...

South African Telkom to sack 20% of workforce – executives getting...

SOUTH AFRICA’S Communication Workers Union (CWU) secretary-general Aubrey Tshabalala has accused the top executives of the state-owned telecommunications company Telkom of getting rich by...

2019 was a disastrous year for the working class! – says...

THE Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has bemoaned a tough 2019, describing the entire 12 months as ‘annus horriblis’ (Latin word meaning very...

FORWARD TO SOCIALISM IN 2020! – urges the SAFTU federation

THE News Line is pleased to reproduce the Christmas and New Year statement by the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU), edited for...

Ramaphosa is under fire for sacking twenty-two farm workers!

PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa might soon find himself embroiled in a Labour Court battle as Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) is set to take...

‘After years of fighting SA domestic workers are closer to being...

‘ANYTHING can happen,’ says domestic worker Florence Sosiba. ‘I am sitting here in the house. A criminal can come. I am the victim. My...

Numsa SA Workers Vow To Continue Their Strike!

South African Airways (SAA) workers have vowed to continue their strike until the company meets their demands. Numsa members embarked on a strike on Friday...

Anc Government Is Seeking To Make Public Sector Workers Pay For...

AGAINST a background of economic collapse with unemployment rising to nearly 30 per cent, the ANC government of South Africa, driven by the Treasury,...

Algerian riot police invade court to attack judges!

Algerian riot police clashed with judges participating in a nationwide strike on Sunday in the north-western port city of Oran. The judges are pushing for...

South African NUM to march against privatisation of electricity

THE South African NUM (National Union of Mineworkers) has said it will march on the imminent meeting of the ANC National Executive Council, as...

Uni treating workers like slaves! – NUMSA mass picket

AT THE end of last week, members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) staged a mass picket at the University...

Unite urges BA staff to accept pay cut

THE UNITE union has sent a ‘GSS UPDATE 17 SEPT’ to its below-wing ground staff members working at Heathrow to try and persuade them...