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Furniture Bargaining Council’s Collective Agreement Extended

April 28, 2021

Department of Employment and Labour

The Furniture Bargaining Council’s Collective Bargaining Fee Collective Agreement has been extended.

The employment and labour department announced the extension in Government Gazette 44469 in terms of the Labour Relations Act.

The agreement’s period of operation is extended until 30 April 2022.

Meanwhile, the employment and labour minister, Thulas Nxesi, while opening the Mt Ayliff Labour Centre last week, pointed out that the Draft Labour Migration Policy, currently under development, will be tabled in cabinet soon for approval.

The Draft Policy will seek to “regulate and limit sectors on the number of people employers can hire from other countries especially in sectors that do not require sophisticated skills”.

In a statement, the minister expressed concern at the continued exploitation of workers particularly in the retail sector where “workers did not know about minimum wage, their hours of work and also lack knowledge on issues of being registered with institutions like the UIF or Compensation Fund”.

“I am particularly worried by many employers in the farming, hospitality, retail, restaurants and security industry who prefer to hire foreign nationals when we have massive unemployment in the country. It is a deliberate move to exploit people coming from outside, making them work long hours with little pay,” said Minister Nxesi.

The minister emphasized that the department will ensure that the proposed Policy does not conflict with signed binding international agreements and any steps taken will be in line with the Constitution.