SOUTH AFRICA BIGGEST LABOUR FEDERATION WORRIED ABOUT JOB LOSSES

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), the country’s biggest trade union federation, has again called for a summit to be held to address the on-going retrenchments and the increase in the unemployment rate in South Africa.

The call came Tuesday after the latest unemployment statistics report released this week showed that 355,000 jobs were lost in the first quarter of 2016, adding to the expanded unemployment rate of 8.9 million people.

Cosatu General-Secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali said: “We have been calling for a job summit since the forum we had in 2009 which was titled the South African response to the global crisis.

“We are calling for social dialogues in which social partners at a senior level can come together and try to map up solutions to the challenges.”

He added that there were many issues which needed to be addressed in terms of job security.

Unemployment is a challenge in South Africa and the government needs to identify better strategies, while implementation and transformation is important, added Ntshalintshali.

SOURCE: NAM NEWS NETWORK