11 September 2017

South Africa: The Planned Retrenchments By Transnet Are Not Only Shocking but Make a Mockery of the ANC Government's Commitment to Job Creation

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The Congress of South African Trade Unions is shocked by the media reports that Transnet is planning to retrench more than 8 000 workers, without even consulting their workplace representatives. This is deeply concerning considering that we have already lost more than 120 000 jobs already this year alone. Companies continue to submit section 189 retrenchment notices showing their intention to retrench more workers.

It is deeply troubling to see that State Owned Entities that are supposed to drive government's developmental agenda, and help us create jobs, are also joining the line of those private entities that are unilaterally dumping workers on to the unemployed line.

It is a travesty that COSATU continues to experience resistance from both big business and government ,in its call for a Job Summit that will help us come up with a collective approach to the crisis of jobs ,and other economic challenges facing this country.

It is also difficult to divorce the corruption , state capture and the ongoing job losses , especially in the SOE's. The mismanagement of these SOE's has been tolerated for far too long and now workers are being made to pay the price for something that is not of their own doing. The unholy alliance between government and big has brought nothing but suffering for the workers and poor.

COSATU supports its affiliated union SATAWU in its intention to fight the planned retrenchments at Transnet. Workers will continue to fight this unilateralism and also to push for a collective approach in finding a uniquely South African developmental model that will help us solve our country's socio- economic problems.

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