Without Jobs More Strikes are Set to Follow


Strikes such as the one planned by South Africa’s largest trade union federation against the high rate of unemployment and job losses will continue to take place if the government fails to create employment and secure jobs, says Innovative Staffing Solutions (ISS), Managing Director, Arnoux Maré.


Cosatu has vowed to bring the country to a standstill today, 13 February 2019, causing as much inconvenience as possible to both the public and private sector. 

“The Cosatu strike is just one of many to come as protests are set to escalate within the foreseeable future. The truth is unemployment continues to be a huge burden and is one of the main sources of poverty. The current economic climate has made job creation a tough exercise. But the onus of job creation doesn’t simply reside with government alone. Entrepreneurs are also expected to pull the wagon if we are to make any real difference regarding unemployment and economically moving South Africa forward,”

Maré says.


He says organisations should strive towards pioneering job creation and growing the country’s economy. 

“There needs to be a creation of permanent jobs. And this is what Innovative Staffing Solutions has been able to do. All the employees outsourced to us are permanently hired. This means they can enjoy job security and other benefits such as medical aid. This also allows the corporations which have outsourced their employees to us, to focus on their core business, whilst Innovative Staffing Solutions handles the administration associated with hiring, training, placing and disciplining of employees,”

Maré says.


In his State of the Nation Address last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa said the government would be creating over 270,000 jobs a year. This Maré says, will double the rate of employment creation, but will not be enough to make a dent in the unemployment rate.

Statistics South Africa says 6.1 million people are without jobs in South Africa. The country also has 2.9 million people who are discouraged job seekers and another 12.6 million people who are not economically active, bringing the national unemployment rate to 27.5%.

Maré says his company is focused on the outsourcing sector where they only employ permanent staff, thus contributing significantly to job creation. He says outsourcing creates job security and offers companies the opportunity to grow their core business, which in turn leads to those organisations being able to hire more staff.

“The government cannot create mass employment fast enough to eradicate poverty or bring down the unemployment rate to zero. Private companies need to assist the stimulation of the economy by creating jobs. Our business model has proven successful and has offered our clients the room to focus and grow their companies, which ultimately leads to more people being employed,”

Maré explains. 

Maré says Innovative Staffing Solutions, a subsidiary of Innovative Solutions Group TM, is constantly pushing the barrier to ensure they deal with labour related issues head on.  Maré says none of their workforce will take part in the Cosatu strike.

This comes as Innovative Staffing Solutions and the union, National Transport Movement, recently entered into a three-year agreement guaranteeing that no strikes will be registered with the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). All labour related disputes will have to be resolved through a process of arbitration.

“If we wish to curb the high unemployment numbers, then we need to start thinking about innovative ways of dealing with the problem. Innovative Staffing Solutions through its outsourcing business model has created employment for over 12,500 people in eight years. Adding to that we can guarantee that none of those employees will embark in any form of a strike,”

Maré says.

Maré has meanwhile called on Cosatu and striking workers to abstain from violence and intimidation. Meanwhile, he says all eyes will be on next week’s budget speech by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni to gauge how government will adapt current strategies to make room for the envisaged job creation by both the public and private sectors.

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