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LABOUR: Racial Composition Of Workers Criticized

 



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THE Cape Chamber of Commerce believes the proposed changes to the Employment Equity Act will make it even more difficult for businesses to recruit staff at a time when all the emphasis should be on job creation,” said Michael Bagraim, President of the Chamber.

The proposed amendments reflect an ideal but businesses have to operate in the real world. We have a serious skills shortage and it has been made worse by the failure of training programmes to produce a new generation of skilled workers. The very last thing we need is new regulations which have more to do with social engineering than productivity.”

Bagraim said the reality was that businesses had to recruit from the available pool of labour and it was a fact that the make-up of the labour force varied from one province to another. “These are local realities and if we don’t respect them we will be unrealistic and unreal doesn’t work in business.”

He said business did not want to be put in a position where it had to use a new form of migratory labour to meet racial quotas. “We know how much social damage and hurt the last migratory labour system caused and we don’t want to go down that road again.

 “If we want economic growth and industries that are productive and globally competitive, we must use the best people for the job and not introduce a range of requirements that do not relate to the actual work that has to be done.”

If government wanted to change the racial composition of the work force the best way was through education and training to give the previously disadvantaged the skills and the confidence to take their places in all sections of the economy.


 
 
 
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