If the South African government wishes to resolve this country’s unemployment problem, it must allow citizens to be adults and to have the freedom to negotiate their own terms of employment. Legislating people into employment cannot solve the unemployment problem. If the proposed amendments announced by newly appointed Minister of Labour, Nelisiwe Oliphant, at the final cabinet meeting of 2010 are passed, they will exacerbate this unacceptable, economy-killing and soul-destroying situation.
We as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and inter-sexed people (LGBTI) activists salute the workers of South Africa as they celebrate 25 years of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). We express our full support to the workers’ struggle for a living wage, decent work and social justice. We express our full solidarity for the workers’ struggle against the inhumane capitalist system that exploits workers, undermines women and marginalises LGBTI people.
Trade unions and civil society have ripped into the government’s budget plans in Parliament, saying that they failed to adhere to the African National Congress’s policy undertakings in its 2009 manifesto to create jobs and address poverty.
The African National Congress (ANC) is very uncomfortable with any expression of independence within the tripartite alliance, according to political analyst, Steven Friedman.
Friedman points out that, "Well, the ANC seems to have misunderstood the nature of the conference. It was in fact a civil society conference and it would have been highly inappropriate to invite a political party to a civil society organisation.”
He says if people in the ANC think that this is about forming a political party then it shows nervousness on their part.
The African National Congress' (ANC) scathing reaction to the recent civil society conference is ‘reminiscent of the paranoia of the Mbeki era’.
According to Section27 executive director, Mark Heywood, "It is a conduct that suggests the ANC or some of the people who hide under its flag have something to fear."
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has warned that government's contentious draft Protection of Information Bill will threaten whistleblowers trying to root out corruption.
COSATU secretary-general, Zwelinzima Vavi, points out that, "COSATU is committed to free expression... I believe that the Protection of Information Bill as currently drafted clearly breaches these laws."
The South African Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has denied suggestions that the two-day civil society conference which took place in Johannesburg, was testing waters for a new political party.
COSATU secretary-general, Zwelinzima Vavi, points out that a similar united social movement of COSATU, the United Democratic Front, civic movements and progressive NGOs, played a critical role alongside the unbanned African National Congress and South African Communist Party in the fight against apartheid.
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has come out against the government's proposed media appeals tribunal, saying it could take the country down a ‘slippery slope’ if implemented in its current form.
Speaking at the end of the union federation's three-day central executive committee meeting in Johannesburg, COSATU general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, said the repressive media appeals tribunal ‘could not be supported until it is much clearer how it will be constituted’.
The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) has suggested that the government invest in ‘training’ journalists rather than passing legislation that undermines press freedom and imposes abuse on them.
FEDUSA spokesperson, Dennis George, points out that the Protection of Information Bill and the Media Appeals Tribunal could not be allowed in a form which lay journalists' work open to abuse by the state giving out only the information it sees fit.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) has welcomed Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) secretary-general, Zwelinzima Vavi’s denouncing of the draft Protection of Information Bill and its implications for media freedom and freedom of expression in the country.