All data is delayed
See More

Solidarity: Improve skills for better pay

May 01 2012 14:52

Johannesburg - Workers should become part of a culture of life-long learning to improve their skills and increase their income, trade union Solidarity said on Tuesday.

"This year employees should not only ask for double-figure increases; they should aspire to doubling their salaries through improved skills," Solidarity said in a Workers' Day statement.

To boost this campaign, Solidarity will make money available to help members keep up with training through a R5m fund drawn from union membership contributions.

They would also establish a R150m training campus shortly.

"Die Kampus" will be the home of Sol-Tech and Akademia, a technical college and higher-education institution of the Solidarity Movement.

"The information era is causing knowledge to increase so rapidly that no-one can afford not to embark on life-long learning," said Flip Buys, Solidarity general secretary.

"We believe that trade unions' new strategic role in South Africa should be to make members more employable by improving their skills. This is the best route to job security in South Africa," Buys said.

If trade unions, in partnership with government and the private sector, could succeed in raising the skills ceiling through training, it would also raise the economic-growth ceiling.

Improved economic growth would ultimately lead to job creation poverty alleviation, he said.

solidarity  |  skills  |  workers


Read Fin24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Company Snapshot

We're talking about:


With infrastructure spending having been identified as one of the key focus areas of the National Development Plan, tradesmen will continue to play a critical role in growing the South African economy through their skills..

Money Clinic

Money Clinic
Do you have a question about your finances? We'll get an expert opinion.
Click here...

Voting Booth

A 30% a month return on investment is:

Previous results · Suggest a vote