SOUTH AFRICAN GOVT, LABOUR AGREE TO CONVENE SUMMIT ON JOB LOSSES, SLOW GROWTH

The South African government and organized labour have agreed to convene a summit soon to discuss ways to stem the tide of job losses and low economic growth.

This emerged after a meeting of the Presidential Labour Working Group held at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Tuesday. The meeting, which was co-chaired by President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, discussed a range of issues focusing on the need to reform the country's labour policies.

Ramaphosa told a media briefing that a 10-memner task force comprising representatives from the government, labour and business would be established to facilitate the staging of the Jobs Summit.

"We should use the culture of working together to address issues of jobs, a new wage policy, social security so that the laws and policies that have been put in place are properly implemented."

The labour sector has welcomed the planned jobs summit and the government's commitment to use the proposed new wage policy to protect vulnerable workers.

Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) General Secretary Dennis George says:"It's important to address working poverty. People don't earn enough to provide for their families. It's important that we must bring equity."

Source: Nam News Network