Cosatu needs to focus on unemployed - Zuma

2015-11-23 21:24
(Genevieve Quintal, News24)

(Genevieve Quintal, News24)

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Johannesburg - Cosatu needs to focus on the unemployed worker, President Jacob Zuma said on Monday.

"You can't say the [employed] worker is more important than the unemployed," he told the 12th Cosatu National Congress in Midrand, Johannesburg.

"[There are] workers who are working, who are in bad conditions, etc, etc, but there are workers who are not employed, who are in an even worse position. What is our view on the unemployed?" he added.

Cosatu was against the youth wage subsidy saying it would lead to companies replacing older workers with younger ones.

Zuma said the trade union federation could not cast the unemployed aside and say they are not important.

If someone could not read, how were they expected to look for a job, he said.

"What do we say about those? We tend to concentrate on the working class."

Zuma said the task of unions was more complex today.

Read more on:    cosatu  |  jacob zuma  |  johannesburg  |  politics

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