The launch of the Cry of the Xcluded in the Western Cape saw activists from both sides of the railway line coming together to talk about issues affecting their communities.
On the 4th of July the National Public Transport Workers Association (Qina Mshayeli) notified the department of employment and labour of their intent to register the union.
There was no looting or any of the public violence that occupied media attention in the build-up to the shutdown.
Saftu’s support for an action led by the EFF threatens to sow division within the federation say critics.
Saftu says the EFF has agreed on the mobilisation of the broadest possible front of working class formations for an effective National Shutdown.
The finance minister would deny in his speech that he was presenting an austerity budget, but confirmed the expectations of public sector unions and the unemployed who marched in Cape Town against budget austerity.
The united front last year of public sector unions has fractured, with Fedusa unions planning on returning to the negotiating table while Cosatu and Saftu-affiliated unions are readying for strike action.
The unions have given the government seven days to respond positively to their memorandum or face further strike action.
As public sector unions embarked on a strike on Tuesday in major centres around the country, they have threatened a full-blown strike on the 2nd of December if their demands are not met.
The public sector unions are planning a nationwide strike on Tuesday next week that will involve essential workers.
The unity between the two labour federations was put to the test in mass marches in Cape Town, Pretoria and East London during the general strike on Wednesday.
Cosatu and Saftu have agreed to hold joint demonstrations during the general strike on Wednesday, 24 August.