Cosatu slammed for opposing youth wage subsidy

The trade union federation has been criticised for its hostility towards the scheme.

The trade union federation has been criticised by for its opposition to the youth wage subsidy scheme.

CAPE TOWN - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has been slammed by opposition parties for its hostility towards a youth wage subsidy scheme, aimed at getting young people into work.

There's been a deadlock lasting nearly three years over the government's plans to introduce a scheme.

The government has now moved ahead, with all parties backing the Employment Tax Incentive Bill in the National Assembly on Thursday.

The Democratic Alliance (DA)'s Tim Harris says his party was backing the bill in spite of it having been watered down.

"After three years of delays caused by an ideological standoff in the Tripartite Alliance, young South Africans are finally getting their Youth Wage Subsidy and we will be supporting the eventual introduction of it."

Congress of the People (Cope) Member of Parliament (MP) Nick Koornhof had harsh words for the trade union federation.

"The National Development Plan has warned that youth unemployment could become a major source of destabilisation. There is no uniqueness to the South African problem, what is making it challenge is Cosatu shooting down an initiative like this bill."