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cosatuBusinessLive reports that Cosatu is incensed about the further delay in the implementation of amendments to the Unemployment Insurance Act, caused by two typing mistakes in the version signed by President Jacob Zuma in January.  

These mistakes, said the labour federation’s Matthew Parks, meant the act would have to be sent back to Parliament for corrections.  Yet the government apparently cannot say when this will happen.  The amendments have been in the pipeline since 2011 and were passed by Parliament in December last year.  They increased Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) benefits from 238 to 365 days; increased maternity leave benefits by 66%; covered workers who lost working hours due to reduced time at their workplace; and included public servants in the scheme.  Parks said Cosatu will request the intervention of government leaders "to fix this disaster” as it could not wait for the Department of Labour any longer.

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