Wage subsidy: DA says govt is backtracking

2010-07-12 00:00

THE DA says government is backtracking on its promise of a wage subsidy to encourage jobs being offered to unemployed youth.

DA spokesperson for Finance, Dr Dion George, said Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was questioned on the deadline for the implementation of the subsidy. The minister replied that it is “still under discussion in government”.

George accuses the government of delaying the implementation of the policy to appease the unions.

He said it was highly unlikely that the trade union partners in the alliance will agree to a subsidy because it erodes their political power over a labour market that benefits only those already in employment.

 

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