“This is not something government can do on its own. It needs both labour and business, and the whole of society, to work with government to implement an agreed set of measures to grow and transform the economy,” he said.
The wage protest at the stadium was also an indication the working class and poor are suffering, the president said.
Ramaphosa said while Workers’ Day, traditionally also known as May Day, is meant to celebrate the victories achieved in the fight for workers’ rights and improvement of working and living conditions, many challenges persist.
“The challenges workers face this Workers’ Day are many and the hardships they endure are great. The road ahead will be difficult and there is much work to do.
“That is why we need to rebuild trust and confidence, and why we need to forge a social compact that not only has the support of workers, but also delivers meaningful benefits to them. The workers have spoken. We must listen — and, together, we must act.”