Saftu sceptical of QES survey
THE South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) yesterday said the latest Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) survey from Statistics SA should be met with caution. Saftu reiterated its stance that the South African economy was in free-fall.
The trade union federation said what should be of concern was the year-onyear employment which stands at 0.2% between December 2016 and December last year, equating to only 18 000 formal sector jobs.
“As always it is the working class and the poor who suffer most as a result. The crisis has created a swelling army of unemployed, temporarily employed, part-time, casual and marginalised workers who live in deep poverty,” Saftu said.
The trade union federation said 18000 jobs created are a drop in the ocean when considering the 5.9 million people that form an army officially defined as unemployed.
“The crisis has created a swelling army of unemployed, temporarily employed, part-time, casual and marginalised workers who live in deep poverty,” Saftu said.
Saftu seemed unaffected by the “Ramaphoria” sweeping across the country.
They said that President Cyril Ramaphosa was a champion of the rich capitalist class to which he belongs.
They voiced their doubt about the New Dawn which Ramaphosa promised would bring change to South Africans.
“On the contrary, he promises business as usual, with a poverty minimum wage for workers, restrictions of the constitutional right to strike and higher VAT for consumers and cuts in spending of services to poor communities,” Saftu said.