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JobsSummitBusinessLive reports that a deal between the government, labour and business struck at the Jobs Summit on Thursday fell short of agreeing to a moratorium on job losses, but could see the creation of another 275,000 jobs a year.  

The framework agreement contains about 80 pages of detailed interventions, some of which are new and others already announced or repackaged.  Addressing the summit, President Cyril Ramaphosa called for a new approach to growth and development, informed by a collective understanding of all social partners.  He announced that he would meet every three months with business and labour in a presidential committee to monitor the implementation of plans and the unemployment crisis.  The forum is considered by all parties to be a major achievement of the summit.  A key point of contention during the negotiations between the social partners was how to deal with job losses, with labour demanding a moratorium in both the private and public sectors.  The final agreement commits government to an undertaking that “there will be no retrenchments in the public sector”.  Business agreed “that everything possible must be done to avoid retrenchments” and that alternatives to retrenchment should be followed.  The agreement does not use the word “moratorium”.  Public service & administration minister Ayanda Dlodlo said that while there would be no retrenchments in the public sector, early retirement was still on the table.  The filling of critical vacancies would “obviously increase the headcount”, but would in the main be done through redeployment of individuals to where they were needed.

  • Read this report by Theto Mahlakoana & Carol Paton in full at BusinessLive

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