||NACTU South Africa||
Decent work Decent Life Program has been part of the
NATIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND LABOUR COUNCIL (NEDLAC) for years now.
Since the (WSSD) World Summit on Sustainable Development which was held
on the 26th August – 4th September 2002. This
marked the beginning of series of campaigns on poverty and unemployment.
In 2003 on the 4th June,
The ILO theme: “Decent Work Decent Life” came in as an underpinning factor on the above. NEDLAC Growth and Development Summit had four themes:
a. More jobs, better jobs, decent jobs
b. Addressing the investment challenges
c. Advancing equity, developing skills, creating economic opportunities for all and extending service
d. Local action and implementation
ADVANCEMENT OF STRUGGLE FOR DECENT WORK
This has resulted to a formation of Committees working directly with the Government to look at issues like unemployment and poverty. As trade unions we are mindful of the fact that the unacceptable level of poverty and unemployment breed low resistance to exploitation of workers by employers. The decent work theme became useless. Cheap labour becomes the issue of the day.
Government announced that an increase on electricity be 53% which unions rejected. An agreement of 27.5% was reached.
There has been a growth on employment between 1994 an d2004 from 9.5 million to 11.6 million. However, employment growth has not kept pace with the increase in people seeking work. More jobs that has been created are in the informal economy, this is against the theme of Decent work.
Food Prices, Food Security and Fuel Price.
The argument being advanced by trade unions in food prices escalation is that of only the poor and unemployed who feel this horrible food price increase. The basic needs like illumination fuel like paraffin had to be in the same level as petrol on price.
HIV and Aids
It presents numerous problems and situation that compromise development and undermine efforts aimed at achieving millennium development goals (MDG) and education.
Currently only the formal employed who are covered in terms of social security. The unemployed and informal employed groupings are not covered. The only benefit that they can access is the state social security of which you have to be 55years being a woman and 60years being a man. Therefore NACTU with other trade unions participate in TASK TEAMS through NEDLAC on social security reforms.
In conclusion, NACTU would like to register the fact that poverty and unemployment are challenges that we are faced with. We would like to caution the world administrators that it is through campaigns like these of Decent Work that poverty and unemployment can be eradicated.
UNEMPLOYMENT BREED POVERTY
POVERTY BREEDS CRIME
CRIME KILL ECONOMY
…………THEN PEOPLE REVOLT!!!!!!!!!