JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) Secretary General, Zwelinzima Vavi, misled both the public and media about the Democratic Alliance (DA)’s planned march to Cosatu House on May 15, said party leader Helen Zille.
Speaking at the launch of a new edition of unionist Emma Mashinini's autobiography on Thursday, Vavi welcomed Zille to march against labour broking, and said the DA did not understand the plight of black women earning a minimum wage.
Zille said the DA will march to Cosatu's Braamfontein headquaters to call for the rolling out of the Youth Wage Subsidy, and not to promote labour broking.
“The Youth Wage Subsidy isn’t being implemented because of Cosatu’s opposition. If the Youth Wage Subsidy is implemented, it will create 400,000 first-time job opportunities for young people.”
The DA leader added that the march was intended to create jobs for the youth, and has “nothing to do with the system of labour broking”.
Zille wrote in a statement:“50 percent of economically active South Africans under the age of 30 are unemployed. This perpetuates poverty and underdevelopment, and keeps young people locked out of the economy.”
Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven said the DA is welcomed to exercise their democratic right.
“They’re welcomed to come, but they’re likely to find a large and very vocal welcoming party when they come to Cosatu House”.
Cosatu previously claimed the proposed Youth Wage Subsidy is a "pretend solution" to unemployment.
The federation is opposed to the subsidy because it gives employers large amounts of money for hiring young employees. It believes companies could retrench older workers in a bid to make more profit.