Creation of unskilled jobs – decentralise & deregulate ? (J Yudelowitz)

“The inability to create unskilled jobs is one of the main barriers to SA’s social and economic viability.   Well-paid pundits’ solutions to this problem are thwarted by their own ideologies, assumptions and politics.

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Collective bargaining: fair pay differential for value of experience (Hillary Joffe)

“What is needed now is a national conversation on public sector pay and national priorities.   And it needs to start as soon as the strike is over, before the battle starts up all over again next year, and before even more advertising is booked in newspapers.

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Public sector settlement agreements: employer accountable to Labour Court

Should an employer in the public sector be held accountable to the Labour Court to explain why it settled a claim of alleged unfair ‘dismissal’ by an 80-year old specialist psychiatrist who had been employed for 40 years ?

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Strikes: Pay differentials – why management should share the blame

Management blame employees for the wave of threatened strikes during the world’s premier sporting event, but they need to be made accountable and share the blame if South Africa is crippled by strike action as early as next week.

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Hippocratic oath seen in context of obligations of the State

The postings regarding the Health Department strike, offers a well balanced range of perceptions that need further consideration, as they point to fundamental flaws in determining the obligations and accountabilities of the employment relationship.  The basis of this relationship is mutual confidence and trust between employers and employees.

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South African labour market flexibility

In response to Professor Paul Benjamin’s opinion “Bend debate around labour flexibility back to the facts” posted on 29 June 2009 a letter from Penny Abbott appeared in BusinessDay today “Labour fairly flexible” supporting the argument about the lack of validity of many of the often-quoted international surveys, including the Global Competitiveness Report (GCR).

Sustainable South African organisations: need for change

Dr Sutherland, a senior lecturer in Human Resources (HR) at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), has made a valuable and substantial contribution to the need for a change in a BusinessDay article on 24 June 2009 entitled “Human resource management in treacherous times“.

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Saving jobs: rational consideration of alternatives

Representatives of the South African government, business and the trade unions responded to the international economic crisis on 19 February 2009 with a “Framework of Action”.   The framework deals in part with what are called Employment Measures, and uses the word ‘retrenchment’ without fully appreciating its negative connotation.   Although the term appears nowhere in our labour legislation its frequent use, especially by the drafters of the Framework, is unfortunate because the focus ought to be on saving jobs, not regulating their destruction.

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