COSATU hopes that new UIF law will help create Jobs

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COSATU says it hopes that the UIF and Labour will look into creating job opportunities to meet the demand of new claims with the UIF legislation and changes therein. While Labour Relations chief, Thembinkosi Mkalipi says not so fast- other interventions will be looked at. Image: Werner Beukes/SAPA

With the signing in of the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) Bill into law last week Thursday, many South Africans are hoping that the new amendments will create job opportunities at the various UIF and Labour Offices.

Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) national spokesperson, Sizwe Pamla, says they are looking forward to having talks with the Labour Department to see what kind of labour will be needed going forward as well as to ensure that the UIF has the man capital to deal with UIF claims.

Pamla says “The Department of Labour has to build its capacity in a number of areas, including labour inspectors. So, we do expect to have a discussion with the department of Labour to see what kind of workforce is needed to help it achieve its role. We would like to see more people being employed, all the way from labour inspectors to people who will ensure that all of these very progressive proposals and legislation will make great changes in people’s lives across the workforce.”

However, national Chief of Labour Relations, Tembinkosi Mkalipi, says not so fast.

While Mkalipi admits that there are talks in place with government and other stakeholders to assess ways of dealing with the UIF’s capacity to ensure that claims are handled timeously and efficiently, he says that measures to ensure that service delivery is not compromised during the claims process will not necessarily be in the form of human labour.

He further adds that government is busy with other initiatives to ensure that job opportunities are created but he is not certain that the new UIF bill will be one of these job-creating initiatives.

Meanwhile, in a statement on the Presidency’s website, members of the public have been cautioned not to fall victim to scammers who want money in exchange for vacancies in the public sector. National Health MEC, Qedani Mahlangu has condemned those who exploit people’s desperation for employment. “We plead with community members to not pay money for jobs at any of our facilities. Anyone approached for jobs in exchange for money should report that to the police,” she said.

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