Minister faces court action over clothing wage

2011-06-17 07:45

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant faces legal action from clothing manufacturers who accused her of breaching the law by extending compliance with the minimum wage to companies that are not part of the sectoral bargaining council, Business Report said today.

The United Clothing and Textile Association and five firms launched an application in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg earlier this month against the minister and the bargaining council.

The five firms are Valuline, Africa HK Manufacturing, Satcotrade, JCR Clothing and Gold Shu-Lin Clothing.

In a statement, the applicants said they had sought an order in terms of the provisions of the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act to set aside the decision of the minister, made on the request of the bargaining council, to extend the main collective agreement of the council to non-parties, which took effect in January.

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