The Competition Commission of South Africa demands competitive, proprietary information about rival employer compensation from job applicants when recruiting.
When employers are anti-competition it’s easier to hold women back in labour markets by paying them unfairly.
According to StatsSA, income inequality is the largest contributor to overall inequality.
In fair labour markets, employers establish wages according to regulations, policy and competitive ability.
In unfair labour markets employers try to control wages, act against worker interests and abuse positions of power.
Women and Black people suffer most where wage discrimination persists against them. Employers pursue inequality when using rival employer wage information as an excuse to price-fix pay as low as possible. This unfair power violates human rights.
Wage conspiracy is illegal
When employers are anti-competition, they base wages on what a rival employer pays, increasing opportunity for inequality.
Employers in virtuous labour markets compete fairly among each other for workers. When employers abuse power, they agree to share competitive information and don’t compete, but conspire on wages.
The Competition Act of South Africa balances market interests by recognizing the three key market stakeholders: owners (employers), consumers and workers.
Yet the Competition Commission’s market analyses rarely recognize labour markets nor worker compensation in terms of distributive justice.
CompComSA appears to believe labour is irrelevant to market understanding.
Extorting rival employer proprietary wage information allows employers to benefit and drive wage expectations down.
CompComSA refuses to advocate for fair labour markets and protect worker rights during recruitment.
The public has a right to demand that anti-competition labour markets become regulated and prosecuted.