Progressive 9 unions won't negotiate with govt over pension reforms

The progressive nine unions say they will continue to demonstrate in coming weeks to make their mark.

Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The progressive nine unions say they are not willing to negotiate with government about the new pension reform laws.

Former Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) Secretary General, Zwelinzima Vavi was speaking at the Union Buildings, where some workers formed a human chain at the seat of government, in protest against the new pension fund laws.

The law will prohibit South Africans from cashing out their entire pension fund when they retire and only give them access to a third of their money.

The law set to go into effect next month has been met by fierce opposition from Cosatu.

Various representatives from the progressive nine unions have one message.

"That it must be scrapped, nothing else must be debated. It's a bit late for government now to say after the time they've said there was consultation, not they say let's consult."

They say it's too late to negotiate and reject the presidency's announcement made this week-that Minister Jeff Radebe will mediate a resolutions between Cosatu and the National Treasury.

Vavi said, "When the president himself is facing 783 charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering, how dare does he think he can now be a father to workers."

The progressive nine unions say they will continue to demonstrate in coming weeks.