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newsBusinessLive reports that trade unions have made renewed calls for the scrapping of the Employment Tax Incentive four years after its launch.  

The scheme, which has paid qualifying employers R6.3bn in claims between 2014 and 2016 for hiring young people earning below R6,000 per month, was originally rejected by labour because of fears it would lead to job losses among older workers.  According to labour, it has been impossible to measure the effect of the programme on job creation due to a myriad factors including tax confidentiality laws.  Cosatu spokesman Sizwe Pamla said the programme had failed to cover designated vulnerable sectors and special economic zones as intended because there had been no such inclusion to date.  He also claimed that subsidies from the incentive were benefiting labour brokers.  SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) spokesman Patrick Craven said the new federation’s affiliates were opposed to the scheme as it contradicted their position that work of equal value should be rewarded equally.

  • Read this report by Theto Mahlakoana in full at BusinessLive

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