'WEF survey on SA's labour-employer relations is a disaster’

The World Economic Forum placed SA dead last in an industrial relations survey.

Numsa says this shows South Africa has the most militant workforce in the world, but Cosatu says it undermines their efforts. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Black Business Council (BBC) says the World Economic Forum (WEF)'s survey that says South Africa has the worst labour-employer relations is a disaster, but the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has rejected the finding.

The WEF's latest competitiveness survey ranked South Africa 41st of 140, but when it comes to industrial relations the country came in dead last.

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says this shows South Africa has the most militant workforce in the world, but Cosatu says it undermines their efforts.

BBC CEO Mohale Ralebitso says workers shouldn't take pride in being placed dead last in the World Economic Forum survey.

"That is a complete disaster for the country. We have to make that an urgency to address and deal with the root causes."

Cosatu President Sdumo Dlamini says the WEF represents a gathering of the world's richest people who are obviously driving their own interests.

"I don't agree with that. We are doing our bit."

Despite disagreeing with the survey, the trade union federation admits that the relationship between business, government and workers has deteriorated at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) forum.