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.
In a show of power, about 6,000 workers and community members in Cape Town marched against the proposed minimum wage and labour law amendments.
Trade unions and community activists came out against the implementation of the minimum wage and the proposed labour law amendments.
The Casual Workers Advice Office (CWAO) based in Germiston argues that if the proposed amendments to the LRA and BCEA become law, it will be a big defeat for workers and the working class as a whole.
On 17 November 2017 three bills were gazetted that propose major changes to the rights of workers through amendments to the Labour Relations Act and the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, as well as the introduction of the National Minimum Wage bill. Taken together these bills represent the rolling back of hard won rights for workers.