Naidoo addressed delegates at the launch of a new trade union federation in Ekurhuleni. The country does not need the nuclear power programme, he said.
"The nuclear deal has nothing to do with our energy needs...it will create no jobs or technology innovation. The skills for that programme will come from Russia, China or France, who will have a stranglehold on our economy," Naidoo told the delegates.
"At the same time, there's a reasonable demand for free, decolonised and quality education, and we are prepared to throw trillion rands at a nuclear deal that we do not need and sacrifice our children's education."
There could be many more jobs created from renewable energy compared to the nuclear deal, he said. South Africa's problems were not unique, as they were debated all over the world.