Cosatu slams government job cuts

#Cosatu says the Finance Minister's plans to cut at least R27 billion off the wage bill over the next three years could land the state with a skills deficit. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Congress of South African Trade Unions says Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's plans to cut at least R27-billion off the wage bill over the next three years, could land the State with a skills deficit.

The ANC-led government is on a collision course with the trade union federation just months before the election.

According to budget estimates – government’s wage bill will increase by R128-billion, to R713-billion by 2022 and the finance minister wants the fat cut from all corners, even beyond our borders.

However, Cosatu says the trimming knife should focus on managerial posts and the country’s 72 ministers and their deputies.

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The federation’s proposals include merging the ministries of Small Business, Economic Development and Trade and Industry, Water Affairs with Environmental Affairs, Land Reform with Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries; and have a single education department.

Cosatu says the departments of State Security and Women and Children can be done away with.

The Public Enterprises Ministry can also be closed, but only after the State Owned Enterprises’s have stabilised.

For more information, watch eNCA reporter Aldrin Sampear's story above.