Real jobs the solution - Cosatu

2014-02-15 09:10
(Picture: Sapa)

(Picture: Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - A transformed economy and decent, sustainable jobs are the solution to strikes and protests taking place throughout the country, Cosatu said on Friday.

"The long-term solution to strikes and protests lies not just in regulations and police action but through the transformation of our economy," said Congress of SA Trade Unions spokesperson Patrick Craven, "and the creation of thousands of decent, sustainable jobs, decent wages and a far more equitable distribution of the country's wealth."

The trade union federation was referring to President Jacob Zuma's state-of-the-nation address on Thursday night.

Zuma criticised the loss of lives during strikes and protests which were taking place throughout the country. He also touched on regulations to prevent arbitrary strikes and retrenchments.

"We note however his off-the-cuff announcement of 'regulations to prevent arbitrary strikes and retrenchments' and urge him to clarify what he means and to reassure us that any such regulations will be fully discussed by roleplayers," Craven said.

He said very few of the proposals Zuma mentioned during his address at Parliament were new, which was concerning.

He described the speech as a "repetition of many pledges already made in previous SONAs" and that "there was not enough focus on the way forward".

Craven said the Cosatu had consistently backed the policies Zuma mentioned, including the Industrial Policy Action Plan, the Infrastructure Development Programme and parts of the New Growth Path.

"It is also worrying that the economics of the National Development Plan (NDP) are still being highlighted as a solution to our socio-economic challenges," Craven said.

"The NDP's market-led solutions if implemented will roll back many of the areas of progress spoken about in SONA [state of the nation address], which have been made through state-driven interventions."

White males the problem

Cosatu was still calling for the reshaping of the economic elements of the NDP, "as agreed at the 2013 Alliance Summit, in line with the resolution for radical economic transformation", he said.

He said the country's task now was to achieve the same advances on the economic front as it had on the political front.

"Ownership of the country's wealth and resources is still concentrated in the hands of a small, mainly white, male elite, who run big monopoly companies, many foreign-owned," he said.

"Inequality between that elite and the workers whose toil creates the wealth they enjoy is getting wider and wider."

He said poverty and inequality were at the heart of all the strikes and community protests which were taking place countrywide.

"Cosatu fully backs the president's plea for protests and strikes to be conducted lawfully and peacefully."

- SAPA

Read more on:    cosatu  |  patrick craven  |  cape town  |  labour
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
135 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
 

Minister promises high security on election day

Police will be out in full force in Manenberg on election day, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has told residents of Cape Town's gang-plagued township.

 
 

Latest elections multimedia

Watch what happened when we blindfolded Helen Zille and asked her to eat random things
13 days to elections - news you need to know
11 Julius Malema quotes you'll never forget
DA won't get 30% - Zille
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Friday Parow - 06:35 AM
    Road name: N1 Inbound
    DELAYS between Plattekloof Road and the N7 Highway
  • Friday Pinelands - 06:29 AM
    Road name: N2 Inbound
    SLOW TRAFFIC between Duinefontein Road and the Jan Smuts Drive exit
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Mother’s Day special offers!

Spoil mom with these awesome specials that will warm her heart. Shop now!

Twisp – the smoking alternative

Buy any 2 refills for R250 and save R149. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Mother’s Day specials on appliances

Browse our range of Mother’s Day appliances to spoil and pamper mom. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Samsung Galaxy Y

The Samsung Y (Young) is tiny but powerful with Android...

From R1499.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Treat yourself to something beautiful. You tend to put so much energy in making everything around you work harmoniously, and...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.