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Employment Services Bill will make Department of Labour a massive labour broker

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

The Employment Services Bill passed in Parliament today is an ominous piece of legislation aimed at establishing unwarranted state control in the labour market, trade union Solidarity said today. By forcing people to use government employment services, the bill will enable the Department of Labour to become a massive labour broker capable of extensive labour market manipulation.

According to Piet le Roux, senior economics researcher at the Solidarity Research Institute (SRI), the bill determines that a comprehensive new bureaucracy must be created to which employers may be required to report vacancies and where comprehensive data on the demographic details of employees can be stored. ‘Apart from serious cost implications of employers’ impractical new duties, the bill also has ominous overtones. It gives the Minister of Labour extensive discretionary powers to gather all sorts of information about vacancies, employers and employees. In light of the government’s demonstrated commitment to racial engineering, it is reasonable to expect that the bill will be used for even more extensive interference in the labour market on the basis of race.’

During the period for comments after the bill was gazetted in November 2012, Solidarity recommended that the bill be withdrawn, as it is ill-considered and an expensive piece of red tape which will impede economic growth and employment. ‘The cumulative effect of the bill and other recently proposed labour legislation will be to undermine employment and to place a further administrative burden on employers and employees, increasing costs without adding value. Instead of protecting current and prospective employees, this legislation will be to their detriment,’ said Le Roux.

Click here to view the official press release.

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