Global Solidarity

SACTWU supports campaigns for workers rights in other countries. These are often initiated by or organised through COSATU or international bodies. Some examples are listed below.

SACTWU supported the campaign by COSATU in protest against the attempts by the Nigerian government to introduce anti-labour reforms to their labour laws. SACTWU shop stewards and staff members from our Gauteng region marched on the Nigerian Embassy.

When COSATU sent a fact-finding mission to Zimbabwe to strengthen relations and solidarity support for the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Union (ZCTU), Monroe Mkalipi, SACTWU's Western Cape Regional Chairperson and first Deputy President, Violet Seboni, were part of the delegation. The delegation was forcibly deported from Zimbabwe before they could complete their work. They were loaded in trucks, driven overnight to the SA/ Zimbabwe border and dumped at the Beit Bridge port of entry.

In April 2006, leaders and members of COSATU, SACTWU, the SACP and the Young Communist League, together with a network of organisations led by the Swaziland Solidarity Network demonstrated and blockaded all five border posts between South And Africa and Swaziland. This action was in support of the oppressed people and the workers of Swaziland in their struggle for freedom, democracy and human rights. The police opened fire at the Matsamo border crossing with Swaziland , wounding several demonstrators. Twenty demonstrators were also arrested.

Repression against workers and use of forced labour continues in Burma / Myanmar . SACTWU has lent support at the ILO for a campaign of sanctions against the Burmese government. We were bitterly disappointed when South Africa, then newly-elected to the UN Security Council, cast a vote to block sanctions against Burma on the grounds that the matter should first have gone to the UN Human Rights Council.

Many trade unionists continue to be assassinated by shadowy para-military forces in Colombia . SACTWU has raised the issue at May Day rallies and supported the call for action by ILO member-states.