AS ECONOMISTS predict more job losses next year, two labour and business leaders have appealed to employers to preserve jobs.
Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and former Eskom chairperson and business leader Bobby Godsell told employers to "consider a range of alternatives" before retrenching workers.
Vavi and Godsell are co-chairpersons of the Millenium Labour Council.
According to Statistics South Africa, about 959000 jobs have been lost this year.
"Our intervention might be too little too late. There is nothing brand new in this document but at times leadership should lead," Godsell said as he presented their proposal.
They proposed the possible cancellation or deferment of bonuses, salary cuts, decreasing the costs of running company boards, transport and electricity bills.
"Employees are likely to see the circle of people depending on the income they earn expand," Vavi said.
"Nevertheless the goal of keeping job losses to a minimum is as vital to labour as it is to management and society as a whole."
In his State of the Nation Address in June President Jacob Zuma announced the implementation of a lay-off training scheme.
Through the scheme, retrenched workers will undergo training that is compatible with their field of employment, to enhance their skills and afford them better opportunities when they return to work.
Vavi said they expressed disappointment over the progress of the scheme at a meeting last week with Zuma and ministers.
"We are concerned that around 4000 people have benefited from out of the 950000 jobless people."