Johannesburg - The government's new growth path in its
current form should be rejected, trade union federation Cosatu said in a
resolution prepared for its central committee meeting this week.
The resolution was handed to delegates on Wednesday.
The plan should be rejected because it limited the capacity
of the state to play an interventionist and developmental role.
It also did not link social development and economic policy
and was therefore an inadequate platform to support the organisation's living
wage campaign, said Cosatu.
"Cosatu must champion its own growth path towards full
employment as a platform upon which to advance our living wage demands and to
mobilise the broader left forces."
Cosatu said an alternative growth path "should protect
our self-determination via the imposition of exchange controls so that profits
are invested for social development purposes in support of a living wage and
decent work agenda".
The union federation added that it would reject the
diagnostic report of the National Planning Commission because of its
anti-working class stance, "particularly in its tendency to blame the
working class for high levels of unemployment and the dysfunctional education