Following investigations and discussions throughout the South African economy with skilled and/or scare employees, we have found the following:
Employees are generally insecure in their positions, and this causes them to be hesitant to demand fair treatment or discuss their terms and conditions of employment with employers
- Employees feel unprotected from possible future retrenchments.
- Some employers avoid the legal requirement to grant fulltime permanent employment by giving unreasonably repeated fixed-term contracts.
- Employees are hesitant to demand their legal right to fair treatment regarding promotions, benefits, training, disciplinary action, and other unfair labour practices.
- Many employees work overtime without the required remuneration.
- Many employees do not have a contract of employment or even written particulars of employment.
- Employees suffer from unfairly and illegally implemented affirmative action.
- Many employees don’t realise that they are legally encouraged to join a trade union to promote and protect their rights
- Often employers do not offer equal pay for work of equal value.
Skilled and/or scare employees do not feel empowered and secure enough to ensure these reasonable and legally-protected demands are met
These are some of the areas in which the Skilled Employees’ Collective will ensure their members are protected and granted their legislative rights.