The Deputy Director General of the EPWP said other African countries stood to learn a considerable amount from the South African programme.
SAMWU said it was disgusted by the Department of Public Works, calling its Extended Public Works (EPWP) salary increases a slap in the face.
Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, claims the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) is yielding positive results in the Eastern Cape.
Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Athol Trollip said the failure of the African National Congress at that municipality would have a detrimental impact on the current administration’s plans for the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).
The matter of EPWP workers being included in the minimum wage structure is currently being discussed in some quarters, and early indications are that government will have to fork out an extra R10-billion if a decision is taken to include EPWP workers.
The Cosatu affiliate is convinced that the industrial action, later this week, will help the trade union movement better the lives of South African workers.