STEPHEN GROOTES SOUTH AFRICA 28 NOVEMBER 2013 01:14
While our political commentariat has been focused on what now looks like the slow, inevitable split of Cosatu, and what Irvin Jim will one day no doubt call the divorce between the federation and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA, there are big stirrings within the ANC for a change in economic policy. The two processes are, of course, intertwined. The ANC would never have rammed the Youth Wage Employment Subsidy through Parliament, if Cosatu were still the force it was just this time last year. But now the man who is supposed to be the centre weight of the alliance has made an intervention that is revealing about both processes. And as we all know, when Gwede Mantashe speaks, action can soon follow. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
"Our economy is not growing fast enough for it to absorb new entrants to the labour market. This trend will continue until the private sector comes to the party. Organised labour has the responsibility to be constructive in supporting these efforts. If it plays an oppositionist role we must at best ignore it or engage it as such."