National Assembly: Cape Town, 31st May 2011
Over the years it has become a norm for South Africans to strike due
to dissatisfaction with their wages. One must then question the
significant role which is supposed to be played by the Department of
Labour in order to safeguard the interests of its citizens, because
it does not seem to be fulfilling it’s assigned duty. Current
policies and programmes in place need to be looked at and re-worked
as they are not yielding the results that are required.
As the Inkatha Freedom Party we emphasize that the minimum threshold
margins for Trade Unions in NEDLAC should be re-visited and reduced
to allow the entry of smaller unions, and to do away with the
current monopoly of only three large unions.
Moreover, although there is a large proportion of agricultural and
domestic workers in South Africa they are still being sidelined and
not catered for in our South Africa labour system.
Honourable Chairperson, job creation in our country is critical
especially for the youth because they are the future. Thus the
Inkatha Freedom Party calls for a co-ordination amongst sister
departments in training for both the employed and unemployed youth
so that they can branch into creating jobs instead of seeking them.
Furthermore, our youth has still not adopted the culture of
entrepreneurship as a point of entry in the job market. Thus,
existing entrepreneurs must be supported when diversifying into
different economic sectors. Government support of entrepreneurship
is vital to our economic recovery as well as to sustainable economic
growth and the IFP urges this department to use every available
resource to promote its growth.
The department should also look at boosting the inspectorate by
providing them with more resources to perform their jobs, hence to
bring forward those employers who break the law before our courts.
On the other hand, although foreign investment plays a role in
stabilizing our countries economy it should be minimal. The inflow
of foreign labour is a concern, with the recent unrest at Medupi
power station being a case in point. As the Inkatha Freedom Party,
we wish to see a government that puts South Africans first rather
than importing labour.
I thank you
Hon Prince Zulu