Union says there is an urgent need to address the economic crisis facing nearly half of SA’s population
NEHAWU supports the calls for government to introduce the universal basic income grant
9 September 2022
The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union [NEHAWU] supports the calls for government to introduce the universal Basic Income Grant [BIG].
As NEHAWU, our support for the introduction of the universal basic income grant is based on the urgent need to address the economic crisis and the crisis of social reproduction facing nearly half of our population in the peripheral townships and rural areas, afflicting the working class youth and women in particular. This is evident with high levels of unemployment, poverty and inequality.
South Africa remains the most unequal society in the world with high rates of unemployment, extreme poverty and inequality. This situation was further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic with millions of our people having their livelihoods severely impacted by the pandemic.