Zuma urged to champion workers issues

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Pretoria - The International Trade Unions Confederation (ITUC) has asked President Jacob Zuma to ensure that issues affecting workers were part of the agenda in the UN High Level Panel on Global Stability, COP 17 and the G20.

ITC General Secretary Sharan Burrow met Zuma at the Union Buildings on Wednesday.

According to the Presidency, during the meeting the ITUC requested Zuma to use South Africa's position in the three forums to ensure that issues affecting workers were part of the agenda.

South Africa is hosting the COP 17 in December this year, and is a member of the G20. Zuma co-chairs the High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability with Finnish President Tarja Halonen. Issues of concern that were discussed included job creation, social protection, unemployment, health insurance, education, green jobs, green economy, sanitation as well as housing.

"It was further suggested that measures be taken for the recovery of the global economy and the role of the international trade union movement in supporting the developmental agenda," said the Presidency.

At the meeting, Zuma was accompanied by Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant while Burrow came with the leadership of Cosatu including the union's President Sdumo Dlamini and General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.