The unemployed seldom know why they are unemployed. They are unlikely to realise that they would be employed if labour law barriers were removed or relaxed.
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) says that labour market regulations in South Africa are not to blame for the country’s high unemployment.
ILO Southern Africa director, Vic van Vuuren, identified education challenges, a skills mismatch, an inadequate focus on entrepreneurship and small business, as well as the economic slowdown, as the main contributing factors to unemployment.
While compliance with legislation guaranteeing the rights of domestic workers has seen a steady climb in South Africa, many employers are still not complying.
According to a labour consultant and CEO of Emergence Growth Services, Yendor Felgate, reasons for the slow rate of employer compliance with the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act are often due to ignorance.
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has praised South Africa’s decision to set job creation targets.
However, ILO is concerned that the country remains internationally uncompetitive, particularly against the Asian countries against which it competes with in terms of labour.
ILO South African director, Vic van Vuuren, says that amendments to SA’s labour legislation are taking too long to be finalised. Van Vuuren further states that the country’s labour laws do not require overhauls but rather that business and the government focus more directly on job creation.