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Labour Policy

The most fundamental challenge facing South Africa today is that too few people are employed. The DA believes that high barriers to entry in the labour market exclude millions of South Africans from accessing employment opportunities.

The DA believes that high barriers to entry in the labour market exclude millions of South Africans from accessing employment opportunities.

These barriers relate to two things: (i) Our country’s inflexible labour regime, and (ii) the failure of the education system to equip South African job-seekers with marketable skills.

Labour policy must balance the protection of workers rights with the need to build greater flexibility into our labour market to make it easier for businesses to create jobs. If this balance is not achieved, labour policy is protecting the employed at the expense of the unemployed.

Labour policy must balance the protection of workers rights with the need to build greater flexibility into our labour market to make it easier for businesses to create jobs.
Labour policy on its own will, however, not be sufficient to create the number of jobs South Africa needs to establish a truly inclusive economy.

Appropriate labour regulation must be accompanied by an economic policy that stimulates growth, an education and skills development system that empowers job seekers for labour market participation in a changing global economic landscape and social policies that facilitate access to job opportunities. Our labour policy will therefore be implemented in the context of our broader economic platform, the Plan for Growth and Jobs as well as the DA’s policies on basic and higher education.

In an Open Opportunity Society for All government will strive to create circumstances that allow each and every citizen that so wishes to be skilled for labour market participation and to actively participate in the economy in accordance with his or her desires.

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