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COVID: 1.5m in SA & 70 000 in Zambia lost jobs.

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Unions in southern Africa have highlighted the devastating effects of Covid-19 on workers, saying the livelihoods of just about 70% of workers within the region are severed.

A study conducted by the Southern African union Co-ordinating Council has affi that across the countries surveyed, wages and livelihoods are impacted severely due the pandemic. consistent with the study, about 67% of the respondents noted that there was a discount in wages.

The council, which incorporates the union federation Cosatu, has involved the region to start a campaign and assist and encourage affi liates to fight for “national living wages” that allowed workers to satisfy their needs.

Among unions that administered statistical analysis of the work losses thanks to Covid-19, job losses ranged between 70 000 in Zambia to 1.5 million in SA.

In SA, where the planet bank found 50% of employers favoured reduced wages for quite half their staff, sectors where women predominated were the toughest hit by income and job losses.

These included domestic work, hospitality, clothing, retail and informal employment.

Women faced increased unpaid care work, with children reception from school, look after the elderly and increased housework and emotional support during the pandemic, the study found.

A multi-pronged approach to recovery would require an overhaul of existing policy frameworks providing for workers’ needs in light of the pandemic.

The report involved unions to emphasize the necessity for policies which reduced the exposure of workers (both formal and informal) to the virus.

It involved governments to start out collecting data on the work losses by sector, in order that they are ready to address the difficulty “from an informed point and be ready to offer alternatives on what might be done [nationally], in terms of supplementary benefit and retraining”.