LABOUR WELLNESS & STABILITY Hermann Kostens CEO Motor Industry Staff Association Member of FEDUSA Representing Labour CURRENT SITUATION Not sufficient trust and political will between business and labour brought about by different perceptions on aspects such as: Benchmarking • Basic needs of employees vs salary scales of top management (SA a developing country) • Labour legislation and possible amendments (1st world legislation) Negotiation modules within industries (confrontational) Small Businesses (Relaxation of compliance and start-up incentives) Foreign Investment (At what cost?) BUSINESS VS LABOUR BUSINESS LABOUR Benchmarking • Wage gap Costly to close Should be narrowed • Labour legislation Relaxation on minimum Status quo wages and termination clauses Negotiation module Diverse Collective and Sectorial SME’s Taxation and loans Not at employees expense Foreign Investment Environment needs to look economically No exploitation attractive / profits WHERE TO START If you cannot change within a situation, change the situation How do you create trust ? - In order to compel change it is more likely to be successful when rules are changed within a module then attempting to change attitudes. Example of the significance of trust - Minimum wages = more employment? POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS South Africa should aspire to move closer to a 1st world environment in all aspects. Negotiations should focus on the sector / cluster needs within an industry. Motor Industry is large enough to justify such an approach, with the principal of fairness entrenched across sectors. Government should assist SME’s in a responsible manner. Foreign investments a must for South Africa but not while labour is exploited but rather with costs incentives.