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Trade unions’ march against new tax reforms underway in Pretoria

Their message is clear: they want the new pension laws to be scrapped immediately.

Various unions there include Numsa and the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) among others. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

PRETORIA - Various unions supporting the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) have formed a human chain at the Union Buildings in protest against the new tax reforms that prohibit workers from cashing in all their pension funds when they retire.

The law, set to go into effect in March, has been met with fierce opposition from the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu).

A relatively small crowd of about 100 people have gathered at the lawns of the Union Buildings.

Various unions there include Numsa and the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) among others.

Their message is clear: they want the new pension laws that will only allow workers to access a third of their money when retiring to be scrapped immediately.

President of Fawu Atwell Nazo said, "What we believe is that that act must be scrapped and there's nothing else that can be debated beyond that."

Nazo says this is the start of a series of demonstrations opposing the new laws.

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