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ANCYL statement on collective bargaining stand-off between labour and government

23 May 2018

The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) is deeply concerned about latest developments in relation to collective bargaining negotiations between government and labour.

The ANCYL calls on all parties to speedily resolve the stand-off in the best interest of service delivery and South African population at large. Any delay in signing a deal that is acceptable by labour will create a fertile ground for demagoguery voices or rubble rousers to exploit the space for political mileage and relevance.

The ANCYL fully backs the demands of workers irrespective of workers union logo`s or t-shirt colours. It is mostly workers who are feeling the brunt as a result of the highest cost of living and socio-economic burden imposed on workers to look after the vast majority that is languishing in squalor in our Townships and former Bantustans, amidst the persisting triple crisis of poverty, inequality and unemployment.

The current 7% offer does not represent any radical shift in abolishing the Apartheid income disparities we inherited. Neither will it assist workers to meet their basic needs, but will to continue to reproduce poverty and consign further our people at the bottom of the food chain. This is compounded by unstrategic and unprecedented decision to increase VAT. The offer is a mere 0% increase, and represents a typical example of a chicken and a pig partnership, where chicken offers to lay eggs for breakfast, and a pig is asked to donate beacon.

The ANCYL strongly believes that a political solution is need on the ongoing impasse. If the "New Dawn" is about putting the interests of our people first, the ANC as a leader of society, must intervene and act in the best interest of workers. The ANC can`t egg walk, it must not only walk the talk, but it should give practical expressions to the 54th National Conference outcomes and resolutions.

We further supports labour`s call for all vacant posts to be filled. South Africa has the highest number of youth unemployment, filling up such posts it can significantly dent or curb the catastrophic crisis of unemployment.

Mlondi Mkhize
National Spokesperson
African National Congress Youth League