SA is in step to prepare for future of work, UN labour agency says
Future of Work initiative reforms will help mitigate the impact of technology on the labour market
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) says SA and other countries in the Southern African Development Community have started reforming labour legislation in response to their Future of Work initiative. The UN’s labour agency was responding to criticism that SA was being left behind by other countries in its response to the impact of technology on the labour market. ILO Pretoria director Joni Musabayana said amendments to laws such as the Public Employment Services Act two years ago indicated SA was actively aligning its policies, while the agency had also undertaken institutional audits at the request of the government to ensure ministries of labour were fit for purpose. The Future of Work encompasses changes stemming from the rise of robotics and artificial intelligence, changing forms of employment in the process. Musabayana said the ILO was assisting the Department of Labour in reviewing elements of labour law through consultants based at leading universities. "The issue of...