Cosatu 'supports' ANC manifesto

The trade union federation has some reservations but supports the ruling party’s major policies.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma greets Cosatu President Sidumo Dlamini at the trade union federation's 11th national congress in September 2012. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says it supports the ANC's election manifesto and believes more than ever that the ruling party is capable of improving the lives of workers and the poor.

The trade union federation held a briefing in Braamfontein on Wednesday following the official launch of the ANC's election campaign at the weekend.

Cosatu President Sidumo Dlamini says the federation supports the ANC's commitment to improve health, education and job creation.

However, Cosatu isn't convinced that youth wage subsidies will help young workers, saying it will only displace older workers.

Meanwhile, Dlamini would not go into detail about charges brought against suspended General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

"As long as investigations are still going on and not concluded, the suspension remains."

Dlamini says it is an internal matter and Vavi remains innocent until proven guilty.