Zuma concerned about violent strikes

2012-10-12 20:28
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Pretoria - A spate of labour disputes, which have degenerated into violent protests, are a major cause for concern, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday.

"We have been seriously concerned about the violent nature of the strikes," he said.

"Labour disputes do not need to degenerate into violent confrontations and [lead to] loss of life as what happened tragically in Marikana and other strikes."

He was speaking at the official opening of an economic discussion on the state of the country's economy at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse, east of Pretoria.

The meeting was attended by several government ministers and officials, labour representatives including Congress of SA Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and its president Sidumo Dlamini.

Officials from Business Unity SA and the Black Business Council were also invited.

In statement, the presidency said: "The meeting will seek to identify what each social partner can do to respond to the global economic crisis and other pressures on the economy, and how the country can promote economic growth and job creation in the current climate".

- SAPA

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