Ramaphosa: Inequality remains major hurdle in labour industry

The deputy president said all stakeholders need to work together to find solutions to the industry's problems.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa addressing the Labour Relations Indaba at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park, on 4 November 2014. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has told the Labour Relations Indaba that unemployment, inequality and poverty are among the key challenges faced by the South African economy.

The National Economic Development and Labour Council gathering is currently underway in Kempton Park.

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant and Congress of South African Trade Unions General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi are among those attending.

Ramaphosa officially opened the indaba by highlighting a number of issues still facing South Africa's working force.

The deputy president said inequality remains a major obstacle.

He said all stakeholders need to work together to find solutions to the problems in the industry.

"It should be easy to find solutions to labour and instability."

Ramaphosa said if the country wants a successful and sustainable working environment, workers and employers need to work together.