National Assembly: 13 April 2010
Labour is the aggregate of all human
physical and mental effort used in creation of goods and services
within a country. In other words, Labour is the backbone and driver
of the economy.
The IFP considers labour as one of our
country's most precious resources.
But like any precious resource, labour must
be protected from exploitation and ill-treatment; it must be
nurtured in such a way that it grows strong, thereby ensuring high
levels of productivity and economic growth within our country.
Our key focus areas must be on sustainable
job creation. Whilst we applaud the Department on its creation of
the Public Employment services programme we also note that it has
only received 15.7% of the budget. Is this sufficient in terms of
the objectives and goals of this programme? The answer is no.
The IFP also urges the minister to take
cognisance of international measures in addressing the current
labour and economic crisis such as the ILO's "Global Jobs" pact.
Re-training and re-skilling of workers is paramount if we are to
emerge from this current economic crisis in a position of economic
Unlawful and unregulated Labour broking
practices remain a grave concern of the IFP's and we task the
Minister to take the necessary steps in order to bring these abusive
practices to an end. Legislation or prohibition must be enacted
which will create a standard code of practice within this industry.
The CCMA is currently overburdened with it's
caseload due mainly to our current economic crisis. The CCMA should
be sufficiently resourced and assisted to a greater extent by the
Department as it plays a vital role in successful labour dispute
resolution in South Africa. The IFP commends the CCMA on the 14430
jobs that it recently helped save with its section 189A facilitation
processes. We do however also condemn the use of the CCMA by certain
individuals who seem to be using it as a scapegoat for their own
private agendas. We say "Let the workers be represented properly
without fear or favour"
Child labour, which is especially rife
within our rural communities, must be eradicated. It not only
undermines a child's physical, mental and spiritual development but
it also interferes with their school schedule or forces them to
leave school early because they have no time for their studies. Our
children are the leaders of tomorrow and must be equipped with the
necessary skills base that schooling provides in order to succeed in
life. Uneducated children are truly the loss of a nation as opposed
to ill-disciplined children who are the waste of a nation. The IFP
strongly urges the department to take this matter very seriously and
to be pro-active in its eradication.
We believe that the goal of sustainable job
creation must be given the highest priority within the Department. A
country whose workforce is active is a successful country, it is a
country with low levels of crime and of poverty, and we therefore
task the Minister to advance the creation of decent jobs and the
kinds of economic and working conditions that give working people
and business people a stake in lasting peace, prosperity and
The IFP supports the vote.
I thank You.
Mr V B Ndlovu MP