SOUTH AFRICAN LABOUR FEDERATION WORRIED ABOUT JOB LOSSES IN POULTRY INDUSTRY
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), the country’s main labour federation, has expressed “extreme concern” over pending job losses in the poultry industry as a result of imports.
Cosatu, which is a partner of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and the South African Communist Party (SACP) in the Tripartite Alliance, blames heavily subsidised cheap chicken imports from the European Union (EU) and Brazil, a trade practice known as “dumping”.
Rainbow Chicken Farms, one of the biggest South African poultry producers, has already indicated that it will be forced to retrench 1,350 farm workers and close four farms in Hammarsdale in KwaZulu-Natal Province, with more such retrenchments to come.
Cosatu national spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said Thursday: What Cosatu wants is a situation where the government intervenes early before we see what we saw in the 1990’s when Chinese imports collapsed our textile industry.
We want the government to really introduce tariffs that will be able to stop the cheap dumping of imports. Government has to engage farmers to see if there is no way of government doing exactly what these countries are doing and subsidising our own farmers.”
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK