PRETORIA – President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday said focusing on economic stimulus and growth would be meaningless without creating the much needed jobs for the millions of desperate South Africans.
"The stimulus and recovery plan recognises that growth alone is not enough – it needs to be accompanied by employment, specifically for young people and women. We need to achieve growth that is inclusive and redistributive," Ramaphosa said in his keynote address at the jobs summit in Midrand.
"Everyone has a role to play in forging a social compact to create jobs. Trade unions must continue to act as a check and balance. They must articulate and advance the interests of workers and must push back against exploitative practices and unsafe environments in the work place."
Ramaphosa said labour unions have taken up the challenge to work with employers to eradicate discrimination in the workplace, to promote labour stability, to reduce income inequality and to reach fair and sustainable wage agreements – "understanding that these are necessary conditions for increased levels of investment and employment".
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