Cosatu rejects state growth plan

2011-06-29 16:10

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 system".


  • Thandiwe83 - 2011-06-29 16:29

    Break away COSATU.

  • jock - 2011-06-29 16:40

    Cosatu you should be telling your members to be more productive and earn their salaries not strike each year for higher salaries but productivity decreases.This is the way for the country to grow

  • R.Suppards - 2011-06-29 16:42

    Mr Vavi, SADTU members are working class, otherwise they would not be part of your dysfunctional organisation, they are the root cause of our youth not being able to find work because of their poor education. Your organisation only looks after employed people. Ask anyone who has lost his/her job,they will tell you that they are prepared to work for less money than they were earning before losing their job. The phrase "Half a loaf is better than no bread", seems to be lost on you. Carry on with your current philosophy and very few jobs will be created. I suggest you read the article "New laws son't favour job creation" on page 3 of the Workplace supplement in today's edition of The Star.

  • Judith - 2011-06-29 16:44

    Regrettably COSATU doesn't either and seems to be violently anti job creation

  • Nasdaq7 - 2011-06-29 18:08

    This union should never have been founded.

  • Nasdaq7 - 2011-06-30 03:02

    Vavi is solely responsible for the electricity mess South Africa finds itself in. He violently rejected pleas by the private sector to privatize Eskom. Instead of one company we could have had two or more companies producing electricity. We could have had a back-up company that produced and build coal and nuclear power plants and even solar and wind plants the past 15 years. But NO! Privatize Eskom and its war by the unions. Strikes involving millions and dustbins strewn across the streets. This brilliant intelligent labor leader controls and runs the ANC every day with criticism raging from what wages should be paid to workers to threats of a revolution. But Eskom now has to take out R400bn just to build power and nuclear stations. Billions of Rands of investment in our economy has been lost - from Aluminium smelters to uranium mines - that is thousands of potential jobs. Yet this militant labor leader doesn't step back and think for himself when he see how government controlled Eskom and the municipalities is run. He now demands the nationalization of the successful SASOL. The entity that is doing so well now in private hands.

  • blcksoul84 - 2011-06-30 09:41

    for a revolutionary minded person ,i think cosatu should just turn into a political party they are spot on,aluta continua

  • Lancelot - 2011-06-30 10:23

    It's the Labour Laws, stupid! Who wants to start a business when one has no control over one's workers? The intellectual level of people "leading" this country is appalling.

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