Themba Siwela was born in the 1970's in a humble village north of Durban called Kwa Mashu. He left school early to earn his keep, gathering his pencils, paints and…>
Themba - you miss the point. We don't want to ban "men on the side of the road", nor TEMP agencies.
We want to ban the "dual contract" permanent arrangement labour brokers, simply because of the fact that Labour Court can not determine who the real employer is. This work-seeker you depict, will then actually benefit, as Dept of Labour will be able to spend more resources on getting him employed. Labour brokers want nothing to do with "men on the side of the road".
I think the cartoon highlights the idea that a ban on labour brokers as advocated by Cosatu would make it more difficult for unemployed people to enter the labour market.
I think this is true particularly for long term unemployed and relatively inexperienced workers.
Rian's contention that labour brokers want nothing to do with men on the side of the road is not accurate. Labour brokers regularly hire from the "side of the road" particularly in the construction industry. There are a multitude of skilled workers that find themselves marginlised and with no alternative ways of finding work.
The idea that the DOL will find work for unemployed people that fall into this category is wishful thinking. The problem with job creation is NOT a lack of access to unemployed people. Its the almost pathological fear that small employers have for the the rules and regulations.
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