Johannesburg - Changes to the Employment Equity Act should
not result in coloured and Indian workers losing their jobs in some provinces,
Business Day reported on Monday.
The amendment bill, which has not yet been published, is
believed to leave the present regulatory regime much the same.
The amendments still need to be presented to cabinet for
approval, but if approved would give the labour minister the power to produce
regulations on the employment equity regulations.
According to the newspaper, this was after negotiations
between business, labour, and the government on the proposed amendments to the
act were finalised in the National Economic Development and Labour Council
Last year trade union Solidarity said about 1 million
coloured people could lose their jobs if amendments to the Employment Equity
Act become law.
The amendment that concerned the union was that employment
equity should be based on national demographics.
This would have meant that in the Western Cape coloureds
could lose jobs, while Indians would have been affected in KwaZulu-Natal.
But the amendments do not significantly change the current
situation, where employers can choose to use national or regional demographic
statistics to calculate their employment equity targets.
In expressing its concern over the proposed amendments last
year, Solidarity posted a video on YouTube of government spokesperson Jimmy
Manyi, who was then the director general of labour, saying there was an
"over-supply" of coloured people in the Western Cape.
He made the
comment in March 2010.
Manyi later said he had been speaking in his capacity as
Black Management Forum president.