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Draft labour law changes questioned

2012-07-25 08:20

Johannesburg - Proposed changes to labour regulations will not create jobs, the SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) said on Tuesday.

It said labour regulations should promote job creation and economic growth.

"Unfortunately, some of the proposed amendments... do exactly the opposite, by imposing further costs on business (that wish) to employ workers."

Sacci submitted its views on the proposed changes to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and the Labour Relations Act to the parliamentary portfolio committee on labour.

It said the two draft laws increased uncertainty among employers and did not give them incentives to employ more people.

The chamber was worried by the proposed equal treatment of temporary and permanent workers after a six-month term, and the extension of picketing rights to unrelated third parties.

"We call upon parliament... to request the department of labour to address the problematic amendments in order to achieve greater certainty for the business community."

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Comments
  • judith.taylor.56 - 2012-07-25 08:59

    Eskom is also opposing these changes stating that it relies on contractors to build the power stations. Taking them on full time would be counter productive - interesting!

  • denny.cray - 2012-07-25 09:36

    The saddest part of this whole mess is how the poor and unemployed bear the brunt of the government's ill advised policies.

  • lila.hearst - 2012-07-25 16:06

    Bite the hand that feeds you.... and you will be replaced by machinery, software, equipment and other forms of technology that can replace human labour. Oh well...we tried.

  • danyalkolbe - 2012-07-25 17:44

    African democracy is for africans.Did you know that local workers are listed as employed even if they only work for three days on goverment contracts as well as municipal ones.The new figures make for better reading. I want to be a proud South African but I do not have answers explaining the mind-set of the top brass in our Goverment. Why have contract workers in the first place? This issue was one of the main ones during the struggle years.Even now you are supposed to become permanent if tou work for more than 24 hours in a month. Aah well,i know i am just wasting my breath.Or data.

  • sheda.habib - 2012-07-25 17:54

    Unrelated third parties could allow the employer to hire outside forces to counter the striking worker ? or does it specifically mention that only the worker could bring unrelated persons to the strike......

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