ANC won’t get a blank cheque – Cosatu

2013-02-07 13:57

The ANC should not expect a vote on a “blank cheque” and should work with its alliance partners to address the nation’s problems, Cosatu in Gauteng has said.

“The issues we raise every day are not meant to confuse South Africans. With the elections coming up next year, the ANC should know that a vote for the party will not be handed over on a blank cheque,” provincial chairperson Phutas Tseki said.

Tseki was addressing the provincial shop stewards’ council at the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto campus today.

The trade union federation was against the proposal by the ANC national executive committee to declare education an essential service and implement a youth wage subsidy.

Tseki said the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) supported quality education and a good learning environment at schools.

“When government fails to deliver on these basic rights, it turns and blames Sadtu and accuses it of being a stumbling block in education,” he said.

Tseki said teachers should continue to have a right to strike to raise their grievances, also adding that the youth wage subsidy should instead be channelled into skills development programmes.

“We propose that the incentives, planned to be paid to companies, be invested into skills development for young and older workers alike.”

Companies would use the wage subsidy to replace older workers with younger ones, Tseki said.

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