The Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU) has made an impassioned appeal to the South African government to tighten regulations on the importation of poultry products to save jobs.
The union's appeal comes as South Africa's poultry industry faces thousands of job losses by the end of the year, largely because of chicken imports which are flooding the local market.
FAWU General Secretary Katishi Masemola said here Monday that the union's membership was deeply concerned about what was happening under trade agreements between South Africa and the European Union (EU).
What we are doing is basically making a call to the government to use the powers it has in order to invoke discussions with the European Union Commission and get to review these trade arrangements between South Africa and the EU (regarding chicken imports from Europe)," he said.
"One job loss is too many in a country with close to a 40 per cent unemployment rate.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK