The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] supports the World Federation of Trade Unions [WFTU] World Day of Action of Trade Union for Peace on the 1st of September.

On the 1st September 1939, the Second World War broke out when Hitler’s Germany invaded Poland. We join the WFTU’s International Day of Action of the Trade Unions for Peace. We also remember and pay tribute to those who sacrificed their lives, the victims of Nazi-Fascism, who paid a hefty price, fighting to defend humanity, against Hitler’s atrocities, in a war for the benefit of the monopolies and the rich.

The WFTU Declaration of Trade unions for Peace, amongst others calls for:

  • Campaigns, mobilisations, to demand and to struggle “against wars, in defense of peace and cooperation of peoples, against imperialist wars and interventions, against militarism and militarization of international relations, against imperialist practices of sanctions, blockades, and economic wars”.
  • “For the right of every people to decide its own future against capitalist exploitation and social injustice”.
  • For “the overthrow the global exploitative system driven by international finance Capitals and imperialistic forces and correlations for another path of global development. For a path that serves the workers and peoples and not the interests of the imperialists, corporates and the monopolies. For a world without imperialist wars and interventions, without exploitation of man by man”

On this 1st September, World Day of Action, NEHAWU fully endorses the commitments in the declaration of the WFTU of Trade Unions for Peace.

We condemn, including in our country, the rise of racism, xenophobia, rightwing nationalism and neo-fascist ideologies, which we will struggle against. These do not serve the interests of the working families, but of the rich, the monopolies and imperialists.


Issued by NEHAWU Secretariat

Zola Saphetha (General Secretary) at 082 558 5968; December Mavuso (Deputy General Secretary) at 082 558 5969; Lwazi Nkolonzi (NEHAWU National Spokesperson) at 081 558 2335 or email: