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employment thumb100 BusinessLive reports that government, business and labour are convening today for a two-day summit to focus on the unemployment crisis, amid criticism that this will be another talk shop.  

This report quotes what five analysts and economists have said about the summit.  Here are extracts from the quotes.  Well-known labour lawyer Rod Harper:  “The summit is important in relation to clarifying issues that must be dealt with.  Issues won’t be resolved if the parties adopt ideological rather than practical solutions.  There should be deregulation in relation to small employers…”  Labour analyst Mamokgethi Molopyane:  “I want to hear how they plan to deal with youth unemployment.  Government does not have a plan on how to handle youth unemployment.”  Ann Bernstein of the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE):  We need to change the approach to collective bargaining so that work seekers and smaller firms are not priced out of the market; reduce the cost of employing young people, especially in comparison to older, more experienced workers; and reduce subsidies being paid to firms that are capital and skill intensive.”  Ann Bernstein (again):  “Unless we see meaningful structural removal of structural impediments to employment, well intended talk shops will be as successful as the National Development Plan.”  Economist Duma Gqubule of the Centre for Economic Development and Transformation:  This time as well (as in 2004), in his speech, the president said whatever is going to happen will happen within the current budgetary framework, so it means it nullifies anything that comes out of the summit.”

  • Read the quotes brought together by Theto Mahlakoana at BusinessLive

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