Unions are up in arms over a statement by the Department of Labour that workers would have to conduct a secret ballot before going on strike. But Cosatu said this was just noise, as the provision was already present in the Labour Relations Act (LRA). It wants the Minister of Labour to instruct his officials to withdraw the statement. The SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) threatened to challenge the law in the Constitutional Court, saying it infringed on workers’ rights.