ANC chides Cosatu for Gordhan criticism

2011-08-26 14:33

Johannesburg - The ANC says Cosatu was "disrespectful and contemptuous" when it characterised Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan as "reactionary" and being "part of a rightwing lobby" for expressing a view on dealing with the challenge of unemployment.

The temptation to label people does not assist in constructively engaging in debates and finding solutions to the challenges facing our country, the ANC said on Friday.

It said that Cosatu needed to be reminded it was Gordhan who had said: "This will be done in the awareness of the bitter struggle fought against apartheid for human rights, decent work and decent wages." He also said: "We are not going to lose what we have gained through hard struggles."

Said the ruling party: "The ANC would like to remind Cosatu that Minister Gordhan is not a newcomer or a new leader in the ranks of the progressive movement. Contrary to what Cosatu perceives, his views on the review of labour laws are not informed by the desire to weaken the gains that have been made in the crafting of progressive laws in South Africa.

"Comrade Gordhan is merely asking all of us how we can ensure that the youth who have no work experience, can access such experience and what the labour cost of accessing such experience in order to become employable, should be.

"This is at the core of the suggestion of what has been termed state youth wage subsidy for those companies who will work with government to ensure that the youth access the necessary experience through employment," the ANC said.

It added that if Cosatu had a workable solution and a proposal with regard to unemployment, particularly the vexing question of youth unemployment and the lack of the necessary skills demanded by the labour environment, it was the ANC's belief that the federation should have put such a proposal on the table.

"The ANC welcomes the discussion that is before Nedlac with regard to labour bills and the mooted three-year R5bn youth wage subsidy. We equally welcome the cabinet's correct assertion that matters that relate to labour are the core mandate of the department of labour.

"It would also be helpful for Cosatu - on any issue that they do not agree with - from either the ANC or its government, to make effective use of the structures of engagement that the entire alliance has put into place. Those structures were put in place - among others - to deal with such matters, so that Cosatu or any other alliance partner does not resort to insults and name-calling through the media," the ANC said.

  • G.du Plessis - 2011-08-26 14:44

    Haha COSATU - you got a talking to! Set up your own party if you have such strong opinions, or be quiet!

      Grant - 2011-08-26 17:17

      ...or pay over some of your union fees to Zuma in a little (or big) brown envelope...

  • Bilbo - 2011-08-26 14:55

    Keep up the good work Parvin! Agree with you 100%. Screw COSATU. They represent the minority... Who do they think they are? Even their strikes are ineffectual these days.

  • nic - 2011-08-26 15:02

    It is a fact. Entrepreneurs prefer not to hire people or create jobs because it is almost impossible to fire people in this country. I recon slightly relaxed labor laws would result is more job creation.

      Grant - 2011-08-26 17:16

      Not only job creation, but the possibility of losing your job can also increase productivity...which in turn increases job creation again...increases investment, decreases costs of production, decreasing selling prices, increasing the value of your salary. But hey...lets rather stick with people who cant lose jobs, therefore dont produce anything, making companies less profitable, pushing up costs all-round, and limiting jobs in the process...

  • Agnostic - 2011-08-26 15:04

    They have no vision no plans only protecting their own selfish interests.I read somewhere that they want to march to Ackermanns house in protest to a rumour of a Tesco deal with Pick and Pay. They want to tell entrepenuers what to do with their business. Bloody rediculous place we are living in. We should all move to WC ans start anew.

  • Vince York - 2011-08-26 15:12

    Thought that horrific bomb went off in Abuja but find the alliance is on the threshold of disintegration here too! It was inconceivable that the aspirations of all prongs of this unholy alliance would last forever, and reality is biting down hard. The FOCUS must be on the citizens of this nation and not party or organisation and elitists ideals and self enriched pockets any longer. You chaps have seemingly forgotten about the millions of totally disillusioned and expectant but disgruntled youth, that have virtually been left out in the cold is-so-far as real education with the most important life skills such as monetary control and personal budgeting and ownership of LAND that they might use for collateral in raising capital to start business to afford more jobs to others and get themselves out of the DUST. It is a TRAGEDY that you have not all rather taken the outstretched hands of so many well experienced and / or qualified whites who have tried to impart their knowledge and skills in favor of rather playing the race game, until a politically racially polarized attitude has been generalized across the country. And for WHAT GOAL? Simply to infiltrate Democracy with tribal traditional leaders that could have their rightful places in society anyway simply by studying and qualifying as others must do to support what already is tantamount to a dictatorship, run Stalin style with a Zanu-pf handbook for guidance to emulate the prior apartheid regime except in colour?

  • Nasdaq7 - 2011-08-26 15:16

    Vavi is becoming a rebel.

      Organist-1 - 2011-08-26 17:21

      Without a cause?

  • Mafele - 2011-08-26 15:20

    Thanx ANC. It's time you show these COSATU illiterates who's in charge.People must be realistic. Those old socialist rhetorics have no place in the modern world. Anyway, who bears the brunt of unemployment? Of course it's not their families.Blade & Vavi's spouces are amongst the who's who in terms of riches in SA.

  • mark de klerk - 2011-08-26 15:27

    Um, I'm not Mark De Klerk, so why does fin24 think I am? Are you guys confusing IP's here? That would be very, very unsecure.

      Grant - 2011-08-26 17:12

      Ha ha ha

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  • flange - 2011-08-26 15:32

    Who in the ANC says this? finally some common sense! lets hope it sticks and that it is the start of some real governance

  • Nasdaq7 - 2011-08-26 15:38

    I sometimes have to remind myself that we are in the 21st century! The continued use of communist jargon, like - "reactionary", "cadre", "deployment" etc., by COSATU and the local communist party boggles the mind! And the constant going on about "decent wages" in a country where unemployment is somewhere between 25 and 40%. Who, in this lot, have ever run a business successfully? What do they understand about supply and demand? Their Commie buddies over on the mainland of China seem to know what is required to get an economy going. When is the message going to get thru that the horse pulls the cart, NOT the other way around!! They box way beyond their weight in the scheme of things here. Can't understand why, if they have so many opinions on things economic they don't they start their own political party?? When it comes to wage negotiations they adopt a completely unrealistic position which results in workers striking, vandalism, loss of wages etc., and eventually settle for very little more then what was on the table from the employer body...Perhaps its time they were required to lose earnings at the same rate their members do - then we'll see how keen they are to call for strike action!

      Dougalan - 2011-08-27 10:35

      Agreed, Nasdaq7 - this 'Comrade' crap is so 1950's talk - long gone everywhere except probably Cuba today. And the workers' strikes are totally ridiculous - why don't they realise that in the long run they lose more than they actually gain, through loss of wages. Meanwhile Cosatu and its other buddies get filthy rich from at least R50 million-worth of workers' dues pouring into their coffers every month. And all the trade unions do is pop up every few months, call more srikes, ruin the economy further and destroy hundreds more businesses. Truly we have a supremely dumb population who apparently do not understand this.

  • Nasdaq7 - 2011-08-26 15:42

    I am not Nasdaq7, apologies as I was too focused on the content to see that Fin24 got my title wrong - it should have been Capetonian!

  • claudevn - 2011-08-26 15:43

    lol "The temptation to label people does not assist in constructively engaging in debates and finding solutions to the challenges facing our country" Rich coming from the ANC... HAHA Funny bunch you all...

      Organist-1 - 2011-08-26 17:29

      Labelling or not, As long as the ANC continue with the wild apartheid policy they took over from the nats, This country labour wise will sink further into thee mud. regrettably Gordham seems the only one with brains left in the cabinet. I think it was Jackson who many years ago had that brilliant cartoon that summen it up: Vorster, Verwoerd and Botha walking down the road carrying a briefcase labelled "apartheid" . Passing them in the opposite direction: Mandela, Zuma and Mbeki with one of them thumbing towards them over the shoulder and the bubble saying "Amateurs". Sums it up neatly.

  • Thandiwe83 - 2011-08-26 16:47

    Silence COSATU! If you want to say things like this, for a political party. I like this idea as will help youth unemployment..

  • keng - 2011-08-26 17:54

    I think if Hendrik Verwoerd were alive today, he would not believe how the ANC are dealing with the majority. If they stop their political infighting for a moment, can’t they see the long term destruction they are doing. They (the ANC) sit and talk and talk and talk, meanwhile the youth are becoming very angry. Thousands are pouring out of a dysfunctional education system only to sit around. The ticking bomb must explode. Help the youth, help the nation. Yes I understand that the youth are very disadvantaged but give them a chance otherwise we are all going to be very sorry. Who will hold the youth back from destruction, our wonderful army or our wonderful police? I can see Vavi and friends hanging from lampposts. Apprentices are employed all over the world except in Azania

      Phillip - 2011-08-28 12:43

      Keng, I totally agree with your sentiments. A possible solution is a type of "Kibutz" system on huge farming communities, A youth brigade employed by the armed services utilized for huge civil contracts eg. repair of roads, potholes.....Similar to 1933 depression, because we are heading into a world-wide depression faster then we realize. We need the apprenticeship system again. Rebuild and expand government enterprise like railway infra-structure.

      cerveza - 2011-09-02 16:37

      @Keng and Phillip - Blade Nzimande have mentioned a possible apprenticeship system, but he did not give any details or information that people are looking at a possible system but instead left the responsibility to the private sector instead of giving national guidance like in other countries where the system works. So maybe a business forum or something should take the lead and do what government fails to even attempt

  • George - 2011-08-26 20:03

    YES!..."i?"..will work for the "boss?"..of "MY! CHOICE!".....;)

  • Louise - 2011-08-27 03:10

    Cosatu is constructive in its anti-corruption calls, for top executive salaries to be realistic and for the gap between rich and poor to be narrowed. However, when it comes to criticising Gordhan, ensuring that there is no violence, intimidation, damage to property and lack of productivity to match wage demands, Cosatu is worse than hopeless. The ANC iiis right: Cosatu should come up with a constructive plan for youth unemployment.

      cerveza - 2011-09-02 16:31

      @Louise - I agree with you except that Cosatu is a labour party, they represent the employed, not unemployed. They should rather keep out of politics, stop sending employed people to play in the streets rather than to work and do what they are supposed to and make sure their members have good working conditions and report each business failing to comply with the law and/or abuse workers in any way one by one and not just make generalising remarks about an industry

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