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SA workplace needs more equity - Cosatu

2012-09-12 15:04

Johannesburg - South Africa still needs more implementation of employment equity and affirmative action, Cosatu said on Wednesday.

"We still do not have a workforce that reflects the demographic profile of the country, and therefore Cosatu insists that we still need the Employment Equity Act and affirmative action policies, and that they that must be enforced with greater urgency," it said in a statement.

The trade union federation was responding to the 12th edition of the annual report of the Commission for Employment Equity.

The report showed that, at top management, Africans were represented by an even smaller percentage than last year -- 18.5%, compared to 18.8%.

Whites made up 65.4% of top management position, a slight decline from 68.1% last year.

The decline was attributed to a small rise in the representation of coloureds from 3.9% to 4.8%, Indians from 6.1% to 7.5% and foreigners from 3.1% to 3.9%.

The figures were in contrast of the overall population profile of South Africa, in which Africans constitute 78.9% of the population, whites 9.6%, coloureds 9.1% and Indians 2.9%.

Cosatu said the commission's report confirmed that South Africa still had a long way to go in reversing the discrimination in employment inherited from the days of apartheid.

It said the report revealed gross under-representation of black people, women and people with disabilities in key areas of the labour force.

The gender balance also showed minimal progress, with males holding 80.9% of positions at the top level, and females just 19.1%.

People with disabilities held 1.9%, and even that contained the same racial imbalances.

At lower levels of the corporate ladder the picture was slightly better, but progress was still much too slow.

At senior management level, African representation rose from 18.1% to 21.8%. Coloureds increased from 6.1% to 7% and Indians from 8.2% to 9.6%.

However, white representation at senior management level declined from 65.2% to 59.1%.

"The report adds further ammunition to demolish the ludicrous assertion by former president FW de Klerk that 'the main inequality divide in South Africa is no longer between blacks and whites, but between unionised and employed workers on the one hand, and unemployed on the other'," Cosatu said.

Comments
  • oageng.lekete.7 - 2012-09-12 15:18

    Oh! so COSATO was formed just when the Marikana saga unfolded? Didn't you know about the inequality all along? I am going to cancel my cosutu affiliation. I'd rather join Julius Malema now. What is your's called Julius?

      joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-09-12 15:21

      ill-fitting berets anonymous

      joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-09-12 15:22

      latent feeling for floyd incorporated

      grootrot.vanzyl - 2012-09-12 15:36

      Can we get EE at the cleaner and rock drill operator levels for whites as well? Then the income difference between an employed unionised and an unemployed person is infinity, but Cosatu was probably taught by SADTU. The difference between an exec and the level below him maybe 10 - it is still a far cry short from infininty.

      tinotenda.panashe - 2012-09-12 15:44

      And why talking from prepared statements and lecture rooms when people are striking? Go out and face the people if you say you represent them!

      jack.blacking.56 - 2012-09-12 16:36

      So let us get this straight...."The figures were in contrast of the overall population profile of South Africa" So basically what your saying is that if whites were to breed like....well basically like the blacks then we would be entitled to represent the employment market on that principle? Or have i missed something...i recently over heard someone saying that in 1910 the black population was 5 million, whites 2....well the correct ratio now sits at 5 million white and 50 million blacks. How can you possibly justify that the population demographics should be represented in the labor market. Please is this the mentality were dealing with?

  • lynette.venter.12 - 2012-09-12 15:24

    It's not about AA policies, it's about who CAN do the job.. and the stats tells the truth - people are employed because they CAN do the work, and WANT to do the work. Why employ someone who firstly can't understand business and secondly, would strike when their first raise isn't 110 % ????

      nosiphom.mazibuko - 2012-09-12 16:07

      I only wish you were right Lynette. The facts are very different and saddening. Sometimes there is a perception of who can do the job rather than a fact. Studies show that if tow similarly qualified people look for a job after graduation - form the same varsity - one white and one black, the chances of the white getting a job first are higher, and that has nothing to do with "who can do the job". Same with matirc school leavers - one balck and one white from the same school with similar results have very differenet chances of getting a job - I am talking reality - not rhetoric - true story. That you cannot dispute. Even graduates, science graduates (physics / chem / computer science) there are many more unemployed balckj graduates than white ones - true story - no bull. So put the emotions aside and look at the facts. I was in a company a few days ago, and guess what they have a new manager - white. And I guess that guy would have gone out and told the whole world that because of AA he has no chances to progress in this country. The guys is not fiction he is slive and well, and happy in his new job, and he is white!!

      nosiphom.mazibuko - 2012-09-12 16:08

      I understand Business pretty well, so do not let emotions run away with you. Forget racial steriotypes and lets focus on the matter at hand.

  • chad.d.tugwell - 2012-09-12 15:28

    How about giving the youth some decent education

  • mastersvoice - 2012-09-12 15:44

    Perhaps Cosatu should start by evaluating levels of education on a demographic basis before spewing the usual nonsense about employment equity. Then again, such a task would be near impossible, because these days people with qualifications are still basically uneducated demographically, thanks to quotas within the education system. Cosatu are correct that employment equity does not exist on a demographic basis, but the solution is to maintain an unbiased high standard of education, and slowly but surely ensure the level of real education (i.e. not what our government is trying to pass as education) achieves equity demographically. Only then can we even start to explore employment equity.

  • dennie.dupreez - 2012-09-12 15:53

    It is because of affirmative action, BEE and unrealistic and investment unfriendly labour laws that this country is in the mess it is. The spineless and brainless leaders of the alliance are powerless against a mad Malema who in addition to affirmative action,BEE and the labour laws causes this country incalculable damage internationally.The Marikana strikers are bunch of ciminal thugs and the illegal strikes and lawless conduct at other mines are the result of a legacy of lawlesness created by the alliance, a legacy worse than "aparthied"could ever be.

  • kevin.moxham.3 - 2012-09-12 15:55

    COSATU get off the race train and onto the competence train - focus on creating wealth for the country - that way those who are competent and who are prepaed to work hard will advance..... simple..!

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-09-12 16:50

    Cosatu, when all are unemployed because you've closed down the mines and industries and investors have fled, will you still want a demographic representation - amongst the unemployed - or will you be happy to just starve? Words fail me - nobody can be that stupid.

  • greengap - 2012-09-12 20:46

    I read the complete comment from nosiphom.mazibuko and do agree that getting a job is difficult if it is based on race alone but what the he/she doesn't understand is that the pass mark for whites is much higher than blacks therefore the company hiring would logically hire the "brighter" of the two. Unlike many people commenting here this is a fact. Just take UCT for example. If you are posting a comment and end by saying "true story" you need to be specific about where you got the information from rather than just saying it was true and by the way 1 example doesn't count! So remember THINK before you post something!

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-09-12 21:36

    Once again Casatu come out trying to be a political party, they should be fired for dereliction of duty for not taking care and looking after their members interest first. Instead they enjoy parties at the workers expense while every now and then making stupid announcements like these which in actual fact serve their members sweet nothing. They parade their political correctness nonsense and outdated policies in the hope that workers will remain gullible enough to believe that CASATU is their champion, while referring to the workers as being owned by them, CASATU by owned does Casatu Leaders not mean the workers are their slaves?

  • sefako.mokgalaka - 2012-09-12 22:33

    It's a pity some misfits have hijacked the topic of EE and AA to mean incompetent blacks without qualifications and experience are preferred for senior positions. The truth is qualified and experienced blacks are preferred for the positions which have previously been open for whites only. This will happen wether or not people write racist remarks and attacks on news24. It's just a matter of time. At the moment companies that do not meet a level 4 with 30% black ownership cannot do any business with the government. Let's see who will be the loser after the next amendment of the BBBEE codes in November 2012.

  • pieter.pretorius.106 - 2012-09-13 08:04

    They still don't get it, even after 18 years. Did they ever think that you need skills and knowledge to become a manager, not only a black skin. Cosatu, maybe you should start by asking what have the ANC done during the past 18 years to train black people to become leaders. All they taught their comrades is to sit on their backsides and wait for racism, sorry, affirmative action, to secure them a top position.

  • tony.pope.5205 - 2012-09-13 11:28

    nosiphom,show us this study you refer to please. The more common experience is that of white males being retrenched to meet equity laws and whites not being looked at all e,g Woolworths,S.A.A pilots.Two million, highly skilled people have left this country because of AA.If each one had remained and created jobs for at least 5 people, our unemployment problem would be non existant.

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