Cosatu discusses new approach to balance wage demands with job security

It makes no sense to get a wage increase that immediately leads to job losses… Only people who are really poorly paid should get an increase above inflation…

Bheki Ntshalintshali, Cosatu

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) is encouraging member unions to be cautious when wage negotiations in their industries kick off.

Cosatu General Secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali said wage demands need to be balanced with job security.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Ntshalintshali.

Whitfield also spoke to independent labour analyst Gavin Brown who reflected on this new approach from Cosatu.

Scroll down for quotes from the audio below.

We need to be sensitive and make demands that are achievable.

Bheki Ntshalintshali, Cosatu

What triggered the long strike previously in the mining sector was that employers weren’t honest when negotiating.

Bheki Ntshalintshali, Cosatu

We need mature negotiations; not positional negotiations.

Bheki Ntshalintshali, Cosatu

Cosatu says it can’t support strikes by member unions based on unrealistic wage demands.

Gavin Brown, labour analyst

Amcu often makes demands that certainly will result in job losses.

Gavin Brown, labour analyst

Amcu is a serious thorn in the side of negotiations.

Gavin Brown, labour analyst

Amcu is a disruptor in collective bargaining at the moment.

Gavin Brown, labour analyst

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