07 Oct

UASA Media Release:  07 October 2021

Statement by Abigail Moyo, spokesperson of the trade union UASA:

UASA would like to wish its members and all other workers a happy World Day for Decent Work.

To commemorate the day, UASA in support of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), calls for governments across the world to adopt national jobs plans based on dialogue with unions and employers. The ITUC believes that every country needs to play its part to address the global jobs gap of 575 million and to formalise at least half of all informal jobs by 2030.

While UASA has repeatedly urged government to produce a practical plan for job creation, South Africa has the highest ever recorded unemployment rate in its history.

According to Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary, full employment must come to centre stage in recovering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure future resilience.

“Jobs with rights for all, including maximum working hours, living minimum wages and health and safety at work. Inclusive jobs – because women lost the majority of jobs to COVID-19. Climate-friendly jobs and jobs in care and infrastructure – because the recovery from the pandemic must deliver a sustainable future for the world,” she says.

UASA urges government and industry players to come together and be practical about job creation. Economic growth and sustainability solely depends on an active economy and sustainable jobs.

For further enquiries or to set up a personal interview, contact Abigail Moyo at  065 170 0162 .

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