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Western Cape scores lowest on EE

Sep 11 2012 14:52
Johannesburg - Cosatu was not surprised on Tuesday by a report showing the Western Cape was the worst province in the country for employment equity.

"This, in our view, is directly related to the attitude of the Democratic Alliance and the premier and their policies of fit for purpose," the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) said in a statement.

"This gives the officials the justification to disregard the employment equity provisions of the law."

The report was released by the commissioner for employment equity on Tuesday and analysed both public and private sectors.

Cosatu said that although the report looked at full-time employees in the public sector, the advantages for whites were even more revealing if consultants to the provincial government were considered.

Private sector businesses in the Western Cape took their cue from the provincial government in disregarding employment equity.

This confirmed anecdotes about white cliques not welcoming black people to the workplace, with the tacit approval of management.

"It also confirms the sense... that the DA is trying to create the last bastion against equality and for the defence of the apartheid generational advantage of the white community," Cosatu said.

"All South Africans need to follow the employment equity provisions so that we can honour the social contract between black and white communities at the end of apartheid."

It called on national government to take decisive action against the DA.

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