Lawrence Diamond CEO The
labour law amendments are key to the sound and sustainable development of the
Temporary Employment Services (TES) sector and are certainly not a death knell
for ethical providers, according to Lawrence Diamond, CEO of The Workforce
challenge", he says, "is not around our sector because we are the engine of job
creation, skills development and increased business competitiveness. It is for companies to partner with a viable TES
provider, one that can enable swift adaption to change with new and innovative
solutions to labour market challenges. In essence, a valued and crucial partner
for businesses and employees."
that the accumulative effect of the LRA amendments is such that they will
totally change the structure of the current workplace and how businesses will
deal with issues such as flexibility, financial pressures and employment equity.
Of all these amendments, the anticipated amendments to the Employment Equity
Act are far more radical than those contained in the Labour Relations Act and
the Basic Conditions of Employment Act.
To date, the
National Assembly passed the Labour Relations Bill and the Basic Conditions of
Employment Bill on 21 August 2013. The bill reduces the period of temporary
services from six months to three months, and also does away with the
requirement for strike balloting. These bills will now start following the rest
of the legislative processes discussed hereunder, whilst the Employment Equity
Bill and the Employment Services Bills continue with the processes that will
take them through Cabinet.
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Diamond adds "It
is important to see the full picture of the changes as you will quickly realise
that making one decision without knowing the rest of the changes could be
detrimental to business."
In the new
landscape, companies will be working in a multi-disciplinary structure which will
have to be controlled by intelligent human resources systems, driven by
technology. Specialised industrial
relations services are going to be necessary to safeguard companies against the
proposed deeming provisions in respect of terminations, union related issues,
CCMA disputes, industrial action, etc.
support are also going to be required for future compliance orders and labour
unpredictability, volatility and complexity are the key features of today's
labour market he says, "It seems like a calamity , especially when faced with
increasing labour costs at a time when all businesses are looking to cut costs
and improve efficiencies to remain competitive."
fully-fledged South African temporary employment services company acutely
involved in all the challenges and current debates, many of our clients have
asked us, "What is the future of TES and temporary employment in South Africa? My response is that we are key to providing workplace solutions
that enable employers to seize opportunities and manage fluctuations effectively. In line with the new Labour Relations Act amendments,
we have developed an array of professional services to deliver solutions
ranging from consulting and recruiting to HR services and outsourcing.
working with various big businesses in various industries, shows that by
strategically combining internal flexibility with the use of TES to address
fluctuations in demand, these organisations appeared to be best placed to
manage increasing volatility. They were better positioned to react to market
assures, has for the past 40 years been at the forefront of the staff
outsourcing industry, "We are strongly committed to working hand-in-hand with
Government, business and trade unions to fight abuses and illegal practices
arising from untrustworthy, unethical and rogue labour brokers. Obviously we
all have a common interest in doing so."
An IW Consult
study carried out in Germany and covering the 2009-2010 period demonstrates that
those organisations using TES recorded revenue growth a full 15 percent higher
than those who did not. The study
demonstrates that the ability to react to increasing demand quickly results in
higher revenue growth and a better financial performance.
that this makes the role of TES crucial as a labour market intermediary, change
enabler, social innovator, creator of jobs and facilitator of transitions.
workforce perspective, the CEO says the challenge for South African businesses
is to marry workplace adaption to change with the need for decent work, as laid
out in the International Labour Organisation's Decent Work Agenda.
a variety of advantages, such as work contracts that combine flexibility with
security, as well as the opportunity of acquiring and developing skills and
competencies. Re-skilling and
up-skilling lie at the very core of any business and is central to our role in
meeting demand and supply in the employment market.
access to vocational training, we help to fill the talent gap and to develop a skilled
workforce. Vocational training is demand-driven with a short-term and practical
approach catering especially well to lower skilled workers. As a result, Workforce workers can make
sideward and upward transitions across industries and geographies to benefit
their career path," he concludes.
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In summary, businesses
can continue to take advantage of the flexibility and many benefits associated
with staff outsourcing as well as our extensive legally compliant range of
services. We are able to offer this because we are one of the leading TES
providers and our representatives are at the forefront of negotiations and
initiatives to protect and regulate industry.