Workers paying price for political shenanigans - Vavi

2016-04-12 15:19
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Johannesburg – Workers’ issues had been sidelined because people were preoccupied with political shenanigans, former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Tuesday.

"It is about Zuma, Guptas, court, appeal, suspended, appeal, disciplinary action, follow-up questions to the minister of finance. That's what the news in South Africa is today, it's the political crisis," he told reporters in Johannesburg in his capacity as the Workers Summit steering committee’s convener.

Workers’ issues and bigger problems like unemployment, inequality and poverty had fallen off the agenda. No time could be wasted on other matters as the jobs crisis was a priority.

These problems could not be solved under the current circumstances as the government had been "captured", Vavi said.

This was why the Workers Summit was forming a new trade union federation in competition to Cosatu.

Around 3 000 delegates, representing more than 40 trade unions, were expecting to meet on April 30 for a national summit to discuss this.

Vavi said the aim of the new trade union federation was not to create jobs, but to pressure the government to implement policy, like the industrial policy action plan. The problem was not with the plan, but with the political will to drive it, he said.

Read more on:    cosatu  |  zwelinzima vavi  |  johannesburg

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