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nedlacBusinessLive reports that Madoda Vilakazi, executive director of the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac), has said that the Department of Labour’s bungling of draft policy agreements reached at the institution undermines its work.  

The department had no legal right to alter agreements such as those reached on the national minimum wage (NMW) when drafting bills, Vilakazi stated.  This came after labour federations and community constituencies represented at Nedlac slated the manner in which the department has handled the three interlinked bills designed to give effect to the NMW, with some sections of the draft legislation changed from what is in the policy agreement.  The department bungled a key definition of "worker" in the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA), thereby excluding independent contractors from the category of employees to be covered by the NMW.  It promised to correct this, but the bill before Parliament still contains the same botched definition, as well as other sections that are equally problematic.  The bills also introduced new provisions that were not discussed at Nedlac.  Vilakazi said that when such mistakes were made, "it does undermine the work of Nedlac".  While Vilakazi admitted the department’s blunders were harming Nedlac, he maintained that the institution’s detractors were wrong to suggest it had lost its effectiveness.

  • Read this report by Theto Mahlakoana in full at BusinessLive

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