By Thys Khiba
Pretoria – The Economic Freedom Fighters says that the unfortunate reality is that the South African workers have been abandoned by their trade union movement, as they commemorate the 135th anniversary of International Workers’ Day.
“Under the administration of Cyril Ramaphosa, we have seen mass retrenchments, an increase in exploitative labour practices, and many companies continue to claim UIF and TERS on behalf of workers without the knowledge of workers,” said EFF national spokesperson Vuyani Pambo.
In addition, the EFF says the arrogance of the ‘white’ financial sector has heightened.
It has been 135 years since the labour union movement of the 1800s waged a ‘successful’ struggle against long work weeks and exploitative long working hours.
“Today, many take weekends and 8-hour work days for granted, without knowing and appreciating the fact that the vicious and inhumane capitalist system had to be fought to allow for something which appears to be so normal and acceptable today,” said Pambo.
According to the third biggest opposition party, workers must live in the mansions that they have build and eat the food that they cook.
“The ANC government, through the Freedom Charter, dishonestly declares that South Africa belongs to all those who work it. The question we must all ask is, who works the land in South Africa?”
The party’s head of the labour desk, Hlengiwe Mkhaliphi has also spent May Day leading a picket in KwaZulu Natal Addington Hospital against racism and victimization of workers.