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South Africa’s labour laws are “wicked” and “immoral”, according to a news report in Business Day. There have been numerous calls by unions to improve working conditions, raise pay and cut back on the use of “precarious” and insecure labour. The paper writes: “Our labour laws are immoral and violate a most basic human right: the right to work — the right of every adult to seek and accept work without impediments from other parties.
These wicked laws, drawn up by the rich and the powerful, shut the poor and the powerless out of the formal economy. Drawn up by the unholy triumvirate of government, big business and trade union bosses, these laws make jobs so dangerous and expensive for employers that only the rich can afford to employ. They are in large part responsible for South Africa’s catastrophic levels of unemployment, mass poverty and inequality. Our greatest gap is that between those with jobs and those without.”
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