Johannesburg - About 285 000 people will lose their jobs if proposed
changes to labour regulations are passed, Business Unity SA (Busa) said
It determined the figures after conducting an impact
assessment of the proposed changes to the Basic Conditions of Employment
Act and the Labour Relations Act.
According to Busa the amendments would affect two major areas.
"Firstly, they will damage the prospects of small
Secondly, they will take a heavy toll of those most vulnerable
and marginalised in the labour market - young people and recent
entrants to the labour market, women, Africans, and those with lower
levels of education."
The organisation submitted its views to the parliamentary portfolio committee on labour on Wednesday.
It said Parliament needed to conduct its own assessment of the changes.
On Tuesday, the SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry
told the portfolio committee the amendments would not create jobs. 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."