SA IS amazing. We protect more workers from exploitation than any other country, and seem intent on increasing our lead. We have the world’s highest level of sustained unemployment, which means we have more unemployed and therefore unexploited people than anywhere else. The best way to increase our lead, and ensure that no one is exploited, is to ensure that no one is employed. So bold new measures are being considered.
Our problem is that too many people still have jobs. Workers, supposedly too stupid to know that employment constitutes exploitation, keep taking jobs below what do-gooders regard as "decent". So, in order to reduce exploitation and extend the benefits of unemployment, there will be new employment "scorecards" to encourage employers to use machines instead of people and to invest abroad. And there will be a mandatory national minimum wage.
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Leon Louw is the President of the Free Market Foundation.
Publish date: 22 July 2015
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