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Employment and Labour Budget Vote Speech

July 11, 2019

07 July 2019

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The Employment Equity Amendment Bill will be tabled in Parliament soon. This was announced by the Minister of Employment and Labour, Thulas Nxesi during his department’s Budget Vote Speech.

The aim of the Bill is to regulate the setting of sector specific employment targets to address the gross under-representation of blacks, women and persons with disabilities. The Bill also aims to ensure that an Employment Equity Certificate of Compliance becomes a precondition for state tenders.

Other future plans by the Department include:

  • The development of a Regional Labour Migration Policy by the end of 2019 has been agreed upon by the Minister of Employment and Labour in the Southern African Development Community. After consultation with all social partners, the Department will in turn finalise a new national migration and employment policy; and
  • The Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) will be implementing the recent amendments to the Labour Relations Act. These amendments address strikes or lockouts that are intractable and violent.  

The Minister also announced his Department’s plan to soon present amendments to the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act in Parliament. The aim of these amendments is to make provision for the inclusion of domestic workers, and to fund rehabilitation in order to return to work.