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Last updated: 26 April 2018

FAWU Statement On Freedom Day

The Food and Allied Workers` Union (F.A.W.U.) will be celebrating Freedom day 2018 among members of its new federation body, the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU), commemorating its very first anniversary after its historical breakaway from COSATU and launch of the new federation that embodies new hope for struggling and vulnerable workers in the country.

Just as the first ever democratic elections took place on this day in 27 April 1994, FAWU hopes to ring in a new era of mobilisation and militancy to drive the worker`s agenda. We believe that while we achieved political freedom in 1994, economic freedom is still decades away. Together with SAFTU, we will aspire to uplift vulnerable and marginalised workers who perform hard manual labour on farms to ensure food on retailer`s shelves with most of them barely able to afford the average food basket containing basic foodstuffs. We want to see a decent living wage and therefore fiercely reject R 3 500 as a national minimum wage. With the recent hike in VAT and the fuel, sugar tax, water crisis in some parts of the country, the standard of living of the average worker has dropped dramatically. We are living with a threefold crisis- poverty, unemployment and inequality of which the latter is reckoned to be some of the worst in the world.

FAWU is convinced that no worker earning between R11 and R20 per hour can truly be free from the burden and hardships of our country`s past if they go to bed hungry at night and unable to send their children to school.

Therefore, while we will always be grateful for our very first democratic elections and the symbolism of Freedom Day, there is still so much work to be done. This Freedom Day, we commit to carry on the struggle for economic freedom of the great leaders of our time, Comrade Albert Luthuli, Oliver Tambo, Nelson Mandela and the recently departed Mam Winnie Madikizela Mandela.

Forward with the workers`s struggle, Forward!

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