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SolidarityTrade union Solidarity is of the opinion that there is no hope of turning the economy around or of creating jobs until the state of disaster has been lifted in its entirety.  

This was indicated following the release of the latest quarterly labour force survey (QLFS) by Statistics SA (Stats SA) indicating that SA is currently experiencing the highest level of unemployment since Stats SA started using the QLFS.  Connie Mulder, head of the Solidarity Research Institute (SRI), explained:  “Substantial parts of the economy are still closed and those parts that are open will never make appointments or commit to long-term investments as they can be closed again in the blink of an eye.  The state of disaster, regardless of the level, brings too much uncertainty and is destroying our economy and jobs in South Africa”.  Solidarity argued that the recent relaxations would have a very limited impact on the economy as the possibility of a harsh lockdown still loomed large for businesses and employers.  “For many businesses it is almost impossible to make decisions about growth or future strategy under the present circumstances … Things simply cannot carry on like this,” Mulder asserted.  Apart from the removal of the state of disaster, Solidarity pointed out that there were still significant structural problems within the SA economy that had to be resolved if the employment crisis was to be addressed.

  • Read Solidarity’s press statement in the above regard at Solidarity News

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