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Labor Law Pranks

by Madeleine Heathcote- Smith  
10/10/2015 / Politics

To be an abiding law citizen in South - Africa has become a thorn in the flesh for many of us. It seems that for every law passing through parliament, the rope is tightened more and more around our hands to do anything.

Passing of the gay rights act, the law of banning of prayer in schools and the use of God, Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ in our schools which are still disputed in the court of law makes in increasingly more difficult for the believer in Christ to be able to breathe freely in an environment where religious freedom is respected.

However the difficulty regarding the above mentioned bills, there are one bill passed by parliament that has a direct in pact on everyone living in the beautiful country of South- Africa ; the Labor Act.

Recently I have had an experience where small business owners had to reduce the working hours of their employees just so that they can stay afloat. We all know about recession and about the world economy going through a rough time, but still.

With our unemployment rate going through the roof, more and more companies and small businesses are forces to lay off more workers, making the unemployment ratio more problematic making the heavy load on the tax payer heavier.

With the trade unions making it impossible for companies to invest in South-Africa coupled with the red tape surrounding the Labor Act we can foresee many workers landing on the street of unemployment.

My concern as a law abiding citizen is: Where will it end? More unemployment, more social grants?

Why not rather encourage start up small businesses and foreign investment through incentives than restricting financial growth?

The matter of the fact is we are heading for a disaster. Now our slogan in South-Africa is : Keep your job, no matter the pay for you are one of the blessed ones with the privilege of receiving a pay check every month.

I know I am economically challenged, but the impact of the Labor Act coupled with the trade unions as well as the overall global economy is surrounding me every day, as well as every other citizen walking the streets to work.

My plea as a citizen to my country's decision makers is: Please foresee the impact of your bills before passing it through parliament? Be more lenient for the common good of your own people.

Would you rather not have more people in employment for less pay (through fair pay of course), than having more people on your social grant bill that you really cannot afford?

So asks every unemployed worker wandering the streets because there is no more businesses insight that will employ more workers because it is too expensive and too trenched in too much red tape.


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