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Lies, Policy, an Unequal Society: SA The Recruitment Paradise for Exploitation

No transparency, facile prejudicial standards and the diminishing of civil rights and freedoms, sound familiar? Recruitment standards in South Africa currently match ethics evidenced during Apartheid.

Firms withhold information during recruitment to create rules that serve profit and trap employees in dysfunctional wage systems

Firms and recruiters create an environment for worsening poverty conditions

South Africa has been hijacked by institutionalised prejudice against the poor and job seekers.

Oxfam’s Inequality Report: An economy for the 99% in SA highlights particular myths that extend the life of poverty and expand inequality endlessly into the future.

Studies show that gender  and racist based pay gaps exist in South Africa.

Add South Africa’s high rate of abuse against women, we have a trapped gender held hostage economically and socially.

Fact: Jobs are scarce, unemployment levels have increased to 27.7 during 2017. This, along with the immediacy of social media, has diminished recruitment standards as recruiters no longer work hard to attract suitable candidates.

Fact: Inequality is so severe in South Africa that our economy is described as ‘broken.’

Freedom F***s

There are growing concerns that recruiters and firms fatten on liberties they are not entitled to.

Such as demanding that applicants provide confidential pay slip information and omitting salary information in job adverts.

ECONOMIC LIES THAT TRAP THE PUBLIC

Oxfam exposes the following myths:

  • The market is always right and the role of governments should be minimised;

Myth Bust: an unequal society requires greater protections in order to prevent inequality. South Africa’s over-supply (surplus) of low-skilled workers creates a hungry ground for income inequality. Firms drive wages down even though and unless government intervenes. The term ‘skilled’ includes the ability to negotiate the best contracts and offers.

  • Companies need to maximise profits and returns to shareholders at all costs;

Myth Bust: the rights of ordinary citizens cannot be held ransom for stakeholder profits as this implies that labour is viewed as an entitlement for those who own production.

  • Extreme individual wealth is not a problem, it’s a sign of success and inequality is not relevant;

Myth Bust: In SA, the richest 1% of the population has 42% of the total wealth. The number of citizens living in extreme poverty has increased to 14 million.

Half of South Africans survive on less than R992 per month.

Inequality results in economic and social exclusion that permits those with wealth to assume power over them. Poverty disempowers members of society and debilitates progress. Poverty makes is easier for exploitation to thrive.

  • GDP growth should be the primary goal of policy making;

GDP growth is about people, not firms. It’s harder to develop the institutions, norms and conventions required for economic growth in unequal societies. Education, health, crime are only a few factors impacting overall economic growth and which require stringent policy environments.

Stats SA poverty trend report demonstrates the value of education in escaping poverty:  8.4% of people with tertiary qualifications are considered to be poor, compared to 35% with just a matric and 79% with no education at all.

  • The economic model is gender neutral;

Income inequality data consistently proves women still get paid less.

  • The planet’s resources are limitless.

Ummm….We know this isn’t true.


What Legislation Guides Recruitment Policy?

THE CONSTITUTION

Section 23.1 of the  SA Constitution stipulates: “Everyone is entitled to fair labour practice.

The process of being recruited is part of an employment experience. Applicants participate in a formal procedure that is the potential start of an employment relationship. It can’t be argued that an applicants right to a fair recruitment process is not protected by the Constitution.

THE FAIL

Recruitment policy and process is guided by the Employment Equity Act which outlaws discrimination, but does not consider systemic discrimination against the poor and powerless.

In this, the EEA fails to regulate a vital market signal, a critical component of the recruitment process: the job advert.

Recruitment responds to a lack of regulations by breaking from conventions that foster inclusion and fair process.

Firms adopt neoliberal policy models where information can be withheld to create advantage. They create the perception that applicants must have adequate wealth and resources to relentlessly participate in recruitment processes that are fundamentally unfair and prejudiced.

See our Constitution & Recruitment infographic

Recruitment Screws SA

 

The State of Recruitment in South Africa

 

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