The Congress of South Africa's Trade Union (Cosatu), the country's largest labour confederation, has encouraged its member unions to balance wage demands with job security when salary negotiations begin.
Speaking on the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) AM Live programme here Tuesday, Cosatu General Secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali said the federation did not want unions to negotiate wage increases which would result in workers being retrenched and only a few enjoying the benefits.
"Job security is the most important thing in the employment services, you need to be employed to be able to make your wage claim," he added.
So we trying to raise that consciousness that it matters not to get an increase for fewer people but at the end of the day you lose other people that you were together in the struggle for fighting for higher wages."
Source: Nam News Network