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vavi1The Citizen reports that trade unions are in despair at the latest unemployment statistics revealed by Statistics SA on Tuesday.  

The Quarterly Labour Force Survey for the third quarter indicated that unemployment had increased to 27.5%.  Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) spokesperson Sizwe Pamla commented:  “This is not surprising at all because very little has been done to kick start the economy and the private sector rejected the (layoff) moratorium during the recent job summit.  The people need government to explain in simple language if they have a plan or not to grow the economy that is not premised on firing those currently employed.”  SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said they were appalled by yet another rise in the rate of unemployment and he warned that worse was to come.  “The fight must now be stepped up to a new level to save every job and against the ANC president’s capitalist economic policies to prop up the system of monopoly capitalism that has pauperised the working class, created the widest inequality in the world and is now making the rich even richer and the poor even poorer,” Vavi stated.

  • Read this report by Chisom Jenniffer Okoye in full at The Citizen


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