Saftu scep­ti­cal of QES sur­vey

Afro Voice (Northern Cape) - - POLITICS - HLONI MASHIGO hlonim@the­newage.co.za

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.

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