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Last updated: 11 March 2018

Protest March To Parliament Against Inappropriate Laws/Policies

11 March 2018

The Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU) will be staging a mid-scale protest march against inappropriate laws and policies to Parliament, following the massive protest march against illicit trade and illegal operators to SARS in Pretoria last Tuesday, under the following:

Date: 12th March 2018
Time: 11h30-14h00
Venue: Cape Town

The protest will proceed to Parliament in Cape Town on 12th March 2018 (Monday) starting at 11h30 from Kaizergracht street and proceeding to Darling street and up to Plein street and marchers to gather at 90 Plein Street (next to Parliament) at 13h00 for addresses and handover of Memo of Petition.

The purpose of the protest is to hand over a Memo of Petition to the Speaker of Parliament, Ms Baleka Mbeta or her delegated representative, calling for the inappropriate laws and policies to be not effected owing to FAWU`s and SAFTU`s exclusion at NEDLAC when those were "negotiated".

  • For the Sugar Tax not to be signed into law but be re-negotiated with FAWU, which represents a vast majority of workers in the sugar-to-soft drinks
  • Amendments to the Tobacco Act Regulations be negotiated with at a task team, which will include FAWU rather than at NEDLAC, which excludes FAWU yet it represents vast many workers in the tobacco value-chain
  • Amendments to the Liquor Bill Regulations be also taken to a task team for the same reasons as above
  • For the summit on transformation and sustainability of the fishing sector to be convened for discussions on Fishing Rights in 2020
  • For the Poultry Crises task team to fast-track its work as the harm on the sector continues unabated

The above potential inappropriate policies will be an outcome of flawed processes of negotiations at NEDLAC, as the labour constituency (COSATU, FEDUSA and NACTU) represents virtually no workers in the above sectors and value-chains if the despicable example of the "Sugar Tax", now referred to as Health Promotions Levy (HPL), is anything to go by.

FAWU insist that its exclusion at NEDLAC, when the "Sugar Tax" was finalized and continued exclusion when the amendments to both the regulations to the Tobacco and Liquor laws, reflects legitimacy crises for the outcome in HPL/"Sugar Tax" and progress on Tobacco and Liquor amendments, as the most representative FAWU remains a genuine role-player and social partner to truly express views of the affected workers.

The Memo of Petition by FAWU, which will be shared with the media after delivery, will detail how negative these inappropriate policies are in terms of jobs, lost revenue to the fiscus and health outcomes for the nation as exacerbated by illicit trade on counterfeit, smuggled and dumped products.

The next focus will be targeting all the major supermarkets and retail chain-stores with protest marches aimed at their head offices planned for April 2018.

For further comment please contact FAWU General-Secretary Katishi Masemola on 0824672509, masemolak@telkomsa.net or Dominique Martin, FAWU Media Officer, 082 498 5631, dominique.martin@fawu.org.za

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