SaftuNews24 reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) will march to Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday to protest against the proposed National Minimum Wage (NMW) and water issues in the province.  

The federation has dismissed the proposed R20 an hour, or R3,500 a month, NMW as "entrenchment of the apartheid wage structure" and “poverty and slave wages”.  Provincial secretary André Adams commented:  "Whereas the idea of a national minimum wage is a hard-won victory of workers' struggle and will be celebrated by many workers scandalously earning below these figures – the national minimum wage is a legislative attempt to pour cold water on the militant struggles of the immortal mineworkers who were massacred for demanding a R12 500."  Saftu will also be marching against the City of Cape Town's "mismanagement of the water crisis".  Various civil society organisations such as the Water Crisis Coalition (WCC) have pledged their support for Saftu and will participate in Thursday's mass march.


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