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SaftuANA reports that the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) said on Tuesday that the upcoming Jobs Summit would not do anything to reduce unemployment.  

The trade union federation said it had turned down an invitation from government to attend the summit this week in Johannesburg, and published its letter to National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) executive director Madoda Vilakazi declining the invitation.  ''Saftu has however decided to decline your invitation, as we do not believe that the summit will contribute anything to the reduction of unemployment, alleviation of poverty or narrowing of inequality.  We are also concerned that our participation might be simply a way to swell numbers, and give the appearance of inclusivity when agreements being presented to the Summit have already been fixed by the three constituencies of government, business and labour,'' read the letter.  Saftu said government and businesses were unable to come up with solutions, and would try to persuade labour federations at the summit to ''sign a vague and hollow declaration in support of business as usual''.'  It called on members of other union federations to demand that their leaders refuse to put their names to any such declaration, “which will reflect only the employers’ interests.”

  • Read this report by Getrude Makhafola in full at IOL News

Read Saftu’s open letter to Nedlac at Saftu News

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