Vavi won't meet Mazibuko on wage subsidy
Johannesburg - Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi will not meet DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko to discuss a proposed youth wage subsidy, the union federation said on Tuesday.
"We see no benefit... in discussing these issues with the Democratic Alliance, with whom we have fundamental ideological differences on many issues," Congress of the SA Trade Unions spokesperson Patrick Craven said.
"The basis for these difference are rooted in the fact that while Cosatu represents the working class and the poor, the DA speaks for big business, the wealthy and the privileged."
On Friday, Mazibuko said she had written to Vavi asking for a meeting.
"These issues, among others, are viewed seriously by both Cosatu and the DA," she said.
Craven said Cosatu cared "more than anyone" about the levels of youth unemployment and that it had held talks with the government and businesses.
"That is why we have signed four accords with government and business, on basic education, skills development, the green economy and local procurement, all of which relate to job creation," he said.
"We shall be working hard to use these accords to create jobs."