Cosatu cheers ANC manifesto despite doubts

Cosatu cheers ANC manifesto despite doubts

2014-01-15 13:17

Johannesburg - The ANC's election manifesto has taken on board many of the demands of the working class, the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) said on Wednesday.

"Cosatu believes that this election manifesto builds on the progress made in the past 20 years and introduces key commitments which we agree with," Cosatu's acting general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali told reporters in Johannesburg.

He said Cosatu particularly welcomed the ANC's pledge to procure at least 75% of goods locally, to strengthen enforcement of the Employment Equity Act, and to ensure collective bargaining took place and was strengthened in all sectors.

"Cosatu believes that job creation must go hand in glove with decent work, and thus welcomes the ANC's commitment to ensure that bargaining councils are used as vehicles to promote greater equity and that collective bargaining takes place in all sectors," Ntshalintshali said.

Cosatu welcomed the decision to investigate the modalities of a national minimum wage. This built on decisions taken at the alliance summit last year, he said.

Cosatu has been discussing the need for a national minimum wage since 2012.

Ntshalintshali said Cosatu welcomed the ANC's insistence on industrialisation as a key job creation driver, and building the capacity of the manufacturing sector.

"We believe that, 20 years into our democracy, the South African economy must not still be based mainly on the export of raw materials, and that the only way to change this is through adding value to those materials by developing the manufacturing industry and beneficiating our natural resources."

Cosatu, which had been against aspects of the National Development Plan, welcomed the ANC's acknowledgement that it was a living document which would be adapted to changing conditions.

"Cosatu agrees that there is a need, where appropriate, for a redrafting of the economic and labour policy sections of the NDP, which places far too much reliance on the capitalist free market to create jobs," Ntshalintshali said.

Despite welcoming the ANC's commitment to reduce the rate of youth unemployment, he said Cosatu still believed that any form of youth wage incentives would exploit young workers and displace older workers.

"Despite the assurance that the ANC has given us that workers will be protected against displacement, we believe that no employer would admit the real reason for dismissing an employee and would possibly make allegations of misconduct or poor performance," Ntshalintshali said.

  • Eugene Fourie - 2014-01-15 13:30

    So Zuma has Cosatu's backing now after Vavi has been silenced...

      Philip Turner - 2014-01-15 13:42

      Clever, tell the voters what they want to hear a clever food Parcel indeed and works every time.

      Kuno Tschumi - 2014-01-15 14:26

      i would have hoped for a bit more brain from a union... but who am i kidding. last time round the number 1 moron promised 5 million jobs. well in fact we went back and lost 1.4 million jobs. this time round he promises another 6 million jobs. guess if he wants to fulfill his promise from last time round as well we are looking at about 12.4 million jobs to be created. cry beloved country. what a bunch of morons on both sides union and government. but i guess at the end money talks.

      Darryl Maze - 2014-01-15 14:45

      Ag let the dumb keep following the stupid. Its amazing how many dumb ppl will follow this twat. Enjoy living in poverty while you twat president keeps stealing millions.

      Imagine Sense - 2014-01-15 20:10

      Bunch of turkeys cheering for Christmas.

  • Ntshengedzeni Patrick Mudau - 2014-01-15 13:33

    It is very hard to be a puppet, he is applauding the party for doing nothing. He really need the job to be an SG. Recently the party approved and passed youth wage but cosatu is celebrating something just on the paper.yah neh

  • Mesuli Jamaica - 2014-01-15 13:33

    did you agreed on e-tolling ,on nkandla,on Marekana cosatu you toothless d***.

  • Rohin Jadin - 2014-01-15 13:38

    "this is through adding value to those materials by developing the manufacturing industry and beneficiating our natural resources." the problem with this is that with our labour laws and tendencies to constantly strike - the manufacturing becomes too costly. Business is there to make money - sorry but it's a fact of life - unless unions start realising that and stop wasting time with their labour unrest over ridiculous demands - this dream will forever remain only a dream.

  • Mabuya Msibi - 2014-01-15 13:40

    T-bos spoke of the homeboy mentality. This is it....

  • Tshepo Collen Matsimela - 2014-01-15 13:54

    I believe cosatu leaders are starting to be like anc. They dont listen to their people. People dont want e-toll that is brought by anc, but they are busy kissing then. Works makes cosatu and south African makes anc. CAN AN ANC SURVIVE WITHOUT ITS ALLIANCE PARTNERS?

      Thuso Mfisa - 2014-01-15 14:30

      No it can't survive without the're partners

      Thuso Mfisa - 2014-01-15 14:38

      No it can't survive without the're partners

  • Mpho Magagula - 2014-01-15 14:07

    Cosatu...are you bewutched by the ANC? You knpw very well that this manifesto is just a lie,,I miss vavi

  • Lebona Moleli - 2014-01-15 14:11

    That's not COSATU speaking!That's Sdumo Dlamini talking!

  • Putco Lebepe - 2014-01-15 14:13

    I will never take COSATU seriously. Pres Zuma and his ANC have shown COSATU a middle finger when coming to e-tolls, labour brokers, Nkandla and Marikana.COSATU had been making noise and encourage people to march against e-tolls. The question now is "what happened COSATU?? Are you pro e-tolls or what?? COSATU is a bunch of stupid people. They must go to hell...

  • Missmizz Sabath - 2014-01-15 14:18

    Two-faced sods!!!

  • nkululeko.zulu.5 - 2014-01-15 14:23

    It's a pity coz in 2009 Zuma ANC promised 500 000 jobs, but 1million jobs were lost. This time they promised 6million jobs, i guess 12million will be lost....

  • Bokaba Collen - 2014-01-15 15:03

    My words to COSATU and NUMSA is that Not even Zuma can destroy our 102yrs of Revolutionary Democratic Movement! We have won a Democracy for All without Media^ on our Site,A Divel is a small thing 4 us by now,Amaaaaaandla!

  • Lazee Komane - 2014-01-15 15:41

    another day in office(another day in paradise)suffer the believer.another 5years of empty promises is upon us.

  • Michelle Storm - 2014-01-15 15:54

    Lies, lies, lies. For how long have the anc promised jobs. Hahahaha, just think 5 more years of corruption and thievery. Just what our country needs. The country and economy will never go forward with liars and thieves governing it.

  • saraya.naidoo - 2014-01-15 15:56

    The only thing zumzum is promisint is the whites and indians will get nothing, be dropped from alot of things as long as blacks have everything, and he will obviously win for that, but its sooooo racist and racism is against the law, so anc should be taken to court and prosecuted

  • John Stoltz - 2014-01-15 16:42

    Looking at the quality and credentials of COSATU since they feel nothing for the unemployed, they would cheer at the opening of an empty envelope !! Vavi should join the opposition and take plenty votes with him !!

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