Cape business, Cosatu meet on jobs

2011-09-26 13:33

The Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry and labour federation Cosatu held court in Cape Town today to discuss ways of saving jobs in the Western Cape.

The chamber’s executive director, Viola Manual, said its members and Cosatu were looking at “very practical ways” of working together.

“The message emerging at the conference is that the solution is not about creating jobs, it’s about saving jobs,” Manual told Sapa.

“Lots of things could drive us apart. We are looking at how we can work together to overcome challenges to labour and business.”

Employers want the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) to take a softer stance on labour laws, saying it was strangling businesses and preventing investment in South Africa.

The conference heard that 80 labour dispute cases were being reported to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration every day. This was leading to lost time and productivity.

Speakers at the meeting proposed several solutions, including the reform of the bargaining council system and allowing the poor to negotiate less than the minimum wage.

Cosatu delegates would address the conference this afternoon.

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