SAFTU has condemned the 3-year wage agreement that has been signed by Cosatu affliates in the public sector.
Even though they are divided over a 17,5% salary increase, trade unions representing teachers in Zimbabwe argue that class sizes, institutional accommodation for teachers as well as professionalization of teaching are still challenges facing education in Zimbabwe.
Pensioners in Port Elizabeth have threatened to boycott the 2019 elections unless the government pay them reparations for working as public servants under exploitative Apartheid and Bantustan regimes.
Trade unions in the bus industry are consulting with their members on a new wage offer from the employers.
In what was a show of force to the rival federation SAFTU and to opposition parties ahead of the 2019 general elections, COSATU and tripartite alliance leaders used the platform of Workers’ Day to defend the proposed labour law amendments and national minimum wage.
The bus strike may continue into the long weekend. While a 9% salary increase has been agreed, other demands remain unresolved between unions representing bus drivers and employers.