Cosatu leader Zingiswa Losi. Picture: Freddy Mavunda
Cosatu leader Zingiswa Losi. Picture: Freddy Mavunda

At this critical stage for the economy, where people are unemployed, revenue is shrinking and costs and expenses are rising, it is time that the role of the unions is scrutinised.

When I thought they would be preoccupied with the creation of new jobs and preservation of existing ones, they appear instead to be preoccupied with wage increases, so-called minimum wages, leadership positions in the government and government entities, ideology and the like.

Can you believe that under these circumstances Cosatu is planning an economic shutdown in the next month, while the SA Federation of Trade Unions is calling for its own mass action between November and January?

Papa Mkwane
Executive director, SIM Consulting, Joburg

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