Saftu: Removing ANC-led govt will advance working class interests

The federation says it plans to target vulnerable workers because two-quarters of the country's workforce is still not unionised.

South African Federation of Unions (Saftu) general-secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The South African Federation of Unions (Saftu) says removing the entire African National Congress (ANC)-led government will advance the interests of the working class.

Saftu announced its top leadership on Sunday which was elected unopposed, with former Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) head Zwelinzima Vavi as its general-secretary.

The newly formed labour federation held its inaugural congress at the weekend.

The union's president Mac Chavalala said: “Replace the ANC government with a working class, bias government which will carry the mandate of the working class and the poor of this country. And we’re not apologetic about that.”

The federation says it plans to target vulnerable workers because two-quarters of the country's workforce is still not unionised.

Vavi has outlined the federation's declaration statement.

“Unions must be independent from the employers in both the public and private sector, as well as from political parties. This does not mean that unions are apolitical.”

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)