South Africa: Pax Christi International member organisation calls on government to convene unemployment summit
The following is the beginning of the statement of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference Justice and Peace Commission, a Pax Christi International member organisation, calling on the government to convene a job summit to discuss the unemployment crisis.
We have taken note of the recent unemployment figures by Statistics South Africa, as well as the recent research findings on unemployment by the University of South Africa (UNISA) and Momentum.
We are deeply worried about the levels of retrenchment and unemployment in our country.
All the sectors of our economy are shedding jobs and expanding the ranks of the unemployed at an accelerated and alarming rate. In the mining sector alone, more than 70‚000 mine workers have lost their jobs in the past two years. We feel the pain of the thousands of South Africans who are unemployed and those who are victims of retrenchments.
The current retrenchment and unemployment trends demand a decisive and strategic action to reverse the escalation in the job crisis. We therefore join the calls for a job summit to discuss the ongoing retrenchments and the measures to expand job creation in the tough economic climate. The summit should be convened as a matter of urgency.
We also demand a moratorium on all retrenchments in all sectors, while awaiting the outcomes of the job summit...