COULD CAUSE STAFF RETRENCHMENT?
“Businesses don’t take these decisions lightly, especially SMEs. They try to hold on to the people they employ,” says Rau. While he doesn’t believe many businesses will retrench employees due to e-tolling as such, it could be a contributing factor where retrenchment is already being considered for other reasons. These include the poor economic outlook, the rising cost of fuel and other basic services and poor consumer confidence.
In an article entitled How to assess the impact e-tolling will have on your organisation, Deloitte Consulting suggests that businesses should not only be incorporating e-toll tariffs into their cost structure, but also re-evaluate their current distribution network and develop strategies to optimise it. On the other hand, employees who use company vehicles, for instance, could help reduce company costs by using technologies such as teleconferencing or Skype.