Cosatu has no say in youth job issues: iLIVE
Reading Sibusiso Mtungwa's letter ("Vavi must step aside and give youth subsidy a chance" on May 16) made me think that maybe it is time the thousands of unemployed youth formed an organisation that will represent their interests and demand a seat at the National Economic Development and Labour Council.
It is reported that there are more than 300000 unemployed graduates in this country so forming a representative organisation should not be a problem.
If the ANC Youth League, the Young Communist League, the South African Students' Congress and other youth formations were not obsessed with Mangaung and the ANC leadership succession, they would be better positioned to lead the fight for youth employment.
Mtungwa calls for Cosatu leader Zwelinzima Vavi to step aside and give the youth subsidy a chance. Instead, Mtungwa (and the unemployed youth) should be directing their anger at the president and the government. They should ask the president why the government needs Cosatu's permission before it can implement the youth wage subsidy.
Cosatu represents the employed. It is for the government to listen to all stakeholders and not just its alliance partners.