Numsa's jobless plan
Unemployed graduates should be used to fill vacancies in the public service, the National Union of Metalworkers said yesterday.
The vacancy rate in the public service is about 35% .
A graduate-employment project for the public service would cost around R4-billion, according to Numsa.
The union said the youth wage subsidy scheme would be abused by employers.
Older workers, it said, would be fired to make way for younger ones, and subsidised employers would have a competitive advantage.
New forms of racism were being exhibited because of the lowering of the wages of blacks and a layered labour system in which wages were determined by employers, it said.
The union said the DA's march to Cosatu's head office, rising online racism and the furore about The Spear painting of President Jacob Zuma showed a new arrogance among white South Africans as their economic dominance became entrenched.
The union said it had always defended the right to freedom of expression and artistic creativity, but it believed that Brett Murray's The Spear was repulsive, racist and unwelcome in post-1994 South Africa.
A mass training programme focusing on artisans should be established as part of the R300-billion national infrastructure programme, the union said.
The union's national congress, to be held in Durban between June 3 and June 8, would give attention to unemployment and would offer recommendations for reducing it.
Numsa said it would continue to oppose e-tolling of highways because it unfairly burdened the working and middle classes.
Proposed labour law amendments would exacerbate the disagreements between the ANC and its alliance partners, the union said.