Manyi’s ‘badly drafted’ labour bills rejected

2011-06-29 07:31

A National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) task team has been ordered to redraft four controversial labour bills.

The New Age reported today that this was decided at a seminar yesterday where organised labour, business and civil society organisations rejected the bills as “badly drafted” and a threat to business and investors.

Nedlac decided to appoint a task team, comprising three people each from labour, business and government, to redraft the amendment bills, reported The New Age.

A new draft was expected to be completed by November.

The four bills are the Labour Relations Amendment Bill, the Employment Services Bill, the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill and the Employment Equity Amendment Bill.

These bills were drafted when the now government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi was still the director-general of the labour department, before he was suspended.

Manyi had publicly urged Cabinet and legislators to pass the bills.

Among other things, the bills aimed at eradicating labour brokering by repealing a section of the Labour Relations Act, and fining companies up to 10% of their revenue for repeatedly failing to comply with employment equity laws. 

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