Ordinary South Africans face diminishing protections and enjoy fewer economic rights than those with financial privilege. Prejudiced recruitment practices strip workers of their right to fair treatment creating a culture of sustained oppression and inequality.
What does that mean?
It means those of us who look for work, pay rent, can’t afford medical aid, insurance or own limited if any assets – face greater economic oppression than those who have accrued wealth and benefit from financial security.
Access to financial privileges means candidates can negotiate harder during job interviews.
Limited access to savings or other financial securities makes one job applicant more vulnerable to unfair wage offers than another.
Just as I’ve done in the past, applicants accept unfair offers out of desperation.
- When these employees decide they are done with being underpaid, they look for alternatives. When applying for a new job, firms unlawfully demand payslips in order to match salaries or clandestinely compete against their rivals.
- The hiring firm often claims they are willing to pay a marginal increase on my former unfair salary and that an industry standard limits them to 30%. I could therefore still earn below a market rate if I initially accepted a job below 30% of the market rate.
This is a Culture of Sustained Oppression Against South Africans
The SA Competition Act refers to balancing the interests of workers, owners and consumers.
Like the Constitution, it emphasizes fairness and equity.
Wage offers based on rival firm payslip information fails to reflect a fairly balanced, competitive economic environment.
Using payslips fixes the price of labour. However South Africa is based on a free economy which allows citizens to define themselves as free economic agents with the power to negotiate both individually and collectively.
Firms Must Compete for Talent in a Free Economy
Payslip information discards legislation defining South African citizens as equal members of a democracy, free agents within an economy.
Challenge payslip requests legally.
Why work for exploitative lawless firms intent on unfair offers and ignoring your rights? It’s best to enforce the legal protections that exist so that wages are negotiated fairly. When the public allows firms unrestricted freedoms in the labour market, firms will exploit the opportunity to pay as low as possible.
Income inequality data proves that people are paid unfairly in South Africa. The public is exposed to unfair power advantages when firms decide what’s best for us.
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