The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) says that the Jobs Summit which begins today will not do anything to reduce unemployment.
The federation has turned down an invitation by the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) to attend the summit.
South Africa has the world’s sixth highest level of unemployment and is seen to be the world’s most unequal country.
Saftu says that government and the constituencies which form part of Nedlac do not appreciate the scale of the 'economic catastrophe' in the country.
General Secretary of Saftu Zwelinzima Vavi says unemployment is the deepest crisis that South Africa is facing.
The numbers don't lie, we don't believe the involved parties take the job crises as seriously as they should. As you know this is a crisis that is getting worse, every quarter we are seeing worse numbers that are coming out of Stats SA.— Zwelinzima Vavi, General Secretary of Saftu
He says the numbers show that we are approaching a point of no return when it comes to the unemployment crisis.
Here is our problem and why we are not attending this summit, there have been discussions, at least for about a year amongst the Nedlec communities on the Job Summit, negotiating the types of packages that should be developed.— Zwelinzima Vavi, General Secretary of Saftu
As you know, Nedlec has shut the door on our faces, it has not allowed us to participate, it has told us that we must exist for more than two years before we can be allowed inside Nedlec to participate.— Zwelinzima Vavi, General Secretary of Saftu
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