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SOUTH AFRICA: Leader of Largest Trade Union Federation Calls for BIG

Sdumo Dlamini, president of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), has called on the government of South Africa to implement a basic income guarantee. He voiced this demand before the Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA), which held its congress in Johannesburg on Thursday, November 17.

President Jacob Zuma with Sdumo Dlamini, CC BY-ND 2.0 GovernmentZA

President of South Africa Jacob Zuma with Sdumo Dlamini, CC BY-ND 2.0 GovernmentZA

In his speech, Dlamini contended that “the state’s approach to social protection has been fragmented and narrow,” leaving many members of the population uncovered by social assistance despite lacking an adequate income through their own earnings.

Dlamini also called for other reforms, including a new unemployment insurance fund, a single national pension scheme, and national health insurance.

COSATU is South Africa’s largest trade union federation, representing 1.8 million members (as reported on its website). It has held long-standing support for an inflation-linked basic income grant.

FEDUSA is the nation’s second largest trade union federation, with 20 affiliated trade unions and approximately 515,000 members (according to the latest updates on its website).

Source:

Zintle Mahlati (November 18, 2016) “Cosatu spurs on basic income calls” Business News.


Article reviewed by Genevieve Shanahan

Cover photo: Sdumo Dlamini at Presidential Labour Working Group (June 2016) CC BY-ND 2.0 GovernmentZA

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