employment thumb100 GroundUp reports that about 150 protesters marched to Parliament on Monday to mark the first day of the two-day Real Jobs Summit, part of the Cry of the Xcluded campaign over unemployment.  

The campaign is supported by the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu), the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and the Assembly of the Unemployed (AoU).  It is also supported by the Alternative Information & Development Centre (AIDC), Reclaim the City and #UniteBehind, and the Progressive Community Movement from Khayelitsha.  Opening the summit at St George’s Cathedral, the campaign’s Madoda Cuphe told supporters:  “This summit is for the people who feel they have been excluded from society because of unemployment.”  Even according to StatsSA’s very limited unemployment definition, over 6.5 million South Africans are unemployed.  The Real Jobs Summit and march is being held iin the build-up to Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s budget speech on Wednesday.  Addressing the protesters outside Parliament, Pinky Langa from the Southern African Green Revolutionary Council accused government of failing to create proper jobs.  He said they termed the protest ‘The Real Jobs Summit’ because it was run by people who were unemployed.  Langa advised:  “We are not only discussing the issues of unemployment, but we are coming up with solutions and action plans, we are also looking at what kind of jobs people want.  Government has no real plan about what to do with this crisis.”

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