7 December 2018

South Africa: Labour Department Is Out of Its Depth On the Fourth Industrial Revolution


Is the Department of Labour's fear that new technologies will be job killers and that our unemployment situation will get even worse justified? Understandable, yes - but justified?

The Department of Labour's research unit has produced a presentation on the future of work and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. What I learned from it is that the department is out of its depth and doesn't quite grasp what is happening. In essence a report was given by the Department of Labour to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on labour about the need to change our perception of the future workforce. Unfortunately, all our labour laws are geared to hamper this Fourth Industrial Revolution despite the recognition that the world of work is rapidly changing.

My own view is that the days of industrial revolutions are over and what we have now is an accelerating process of innovation with each new discovery or invention making a dozen further developments possible. It is all happening so quickly and there...

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