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Cosatu demands economic transformation

Zwelinzima Vavi says Cosatu will continue fighting for economic transformation in 2013.

Zwelinzima Vavi says Cosatu will continue fighting for economic transformation in the New Year.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Friday announced plans to intensify its campaign for a radical policy shift to ensure economic transformation in the country.

This emerged when the trade union federation delivered its end of year statement earlier.

Cosatu General-Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said the strike action experienced within various sectors in 2012 indicates a desperate need for economic transformation.

"Cosatu fully understands the workers' anger and frustration."

Vavi said the trade union would continue to engage with the ANC-led government to tackle issues of unemployment and poverty.

He said these issues will remain in 2013 and beyond, if government fails to listen to the most vulnerable.

The trade union has warned government that if inequality continues, the country could witness a revolt from the poor.

On Thursday, President Jacob Zuma reiterated that his government is still committed to fighting unemployment and poverty.

The country has a 25 percent unemployment rate.