A review of labour laws will ease job creation: iLIVE
Cosatu's national protest march calling for the abolishment of labour brokers will not achieve what they think it will .
I agree with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan when he said we have reached a stage at which we need to review our labour laws to match the current situation ("Gordhan calls for labour law reforms", March 7).
As much as politicians legislate job creation projects and put money into them, if the laws that govern labour are as they currently are, we will still be calling for job creation come 2025.
Reviewing the labour laws and creating flexibility will also benefit workers. It is a known fact that prospective employers fear the threat or costs associated with dismissal or other labour disputes as a consequence of the current labour legislation.
Companies use labour brokers because they get access to resources such as keeping their staff head count to a minimum. They can also reduce and control operating expenditure, and the burden of sourcing, screening and employing workers is transferred to the brokers.
This is a fact and government has to deal with it . The only way is to relax our labour laws and make them more flexible for companies to not need to shift responsibility to labour brokers.
This will also help the employee to engage the employers directly. The employee will not be given the legal run-around that happens now and sees workers lose out because there is a blurred line about who is the employer in these brokerage contracts.