Numsa: Wage subsidy will not help

2012-06-28 16:52

Johannesburg - The proposed youth wage subsidy will not create employment for young people, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said on Thursday.

"We have rejected it, it will not solve the problem," secretary general Irvin Jim said on the sidelines of the ANC's national policy conference in Midrand, Johannesburg.

"It will rotate young people and it will never equip them with the necessary skills."

He said the union wanted young people to be employed to a level were they would be properly paid.

"[This] wage subsidy will not stop poverty, unemployment and inequality."

Jim said Numsa had made its case at the policy conference and it was up to delegates to decide.

"We have made our case. We cannot predict the outcome."

Numsa proposed that all key economical sectors be nationalised.

"We want our product to benefit the country and it should be manufactured within the country."

Jim described the debate in commissions as "healthy, robust and promising".

  • peter.fraser.92754 - 2012-06-28 21:06

    The problem with the unions are that they are scared to have young educated people in the workplace. It is these youngsters that will see through their modus operandi. It is these youngsters that will expose them for what they are : nothing more than a job creating orginisation structure for themselves....lets face it...Numsa and the likes employ quite a few people for doing what > besides ordering posters and t shirts !

  • chris.cunning.14 - 2012-06-29 06:59

    Talk about uneducated! If someone works for a year, they got a years experience. Then 2 and 3. Then they can go work overseas for all you care. They've got the skills and experience necessary. So this is a bad idea he says? Most illogical and irrational case ever. Why are they so against getting young people employed?

  • matthew.rensburg.1 - 2012-06-29 07:11

    idiots are idiots. what do they think internships etc are?

  • glenn.chi.9 - 2012-06-29 08:25

    No Mr Jim, the wage subsidy will indeed create jobs, you idoit. I have a small business that employs 3 young people. If I could get a wage subsidy of 50% of their salaries I would be able to employ 6 young people, thereby enhancing my productive capacity and thereby CREATING jobs for these people in the long term. Moreover, these people will be gaining valuable skills though this on-the-job training which is far better, in my experience, then theoretical training (although I'm not saying that people shouldn't study). The point is, that the wage subsidy will in more cases enhance the productive capacity of our country because we'll be more competitive and in so doing create jobs in the long run. Job seeker grant does not achieve this!

  • antin.herinck - 2012-07-10 17:44

    Perhaps it will, perhaps it won't. I think it will. But we can be 100% sure of; that Numsa won't help at all!

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