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earningsBusinessLive reports that the Department of Labour (DOL) is insisting on phasing out sectoral determinations over three years despite strong opposition during public hearings on proposed amendments to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA).  

It will now be up to Parliament’s portfolio committee on labour to decide whether to adopt the proposal.  Opponents of the abolition of sectoral determinations said it would remove a tool to protect workers earning more than the national minimum wage.  The removal of sectoral determinations was introduced into the bill by the DOL and not as a result of negotiations at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac).  Sectoral determinations are set by the labour minister on the recommendations of the Employment Conditions Commission.  The department’s director-general, Thobile Lamati, motivated the phase-out of sectoral determinations on the grounds that they resulted in considerable complexity.  "Introducing a national minimum wage provides an opportunity to simplify minimum wage regulation and improve compliance," he said.

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