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busaEngineering News reports that Business Unity SA (Busa) has voiced its support for amendments to legislation to introduce provisions to enhance labour relations stability and the implementation of a National Minimum Wage (NMW).  

However, the employers’ lobby group warned that the risks to employment and business, particularly smaller and emerging businesses, had to be carefully managed.  In its submission to the Portfolio Committee on Labour on Wednesday, Busa stood behind the provisions contained in the Labour Relations Amendment Bill that reflected a “delicate package” of compromises arising out of the Nedlac negotiations.  Key provisions include compulsory default picketing rules for all industrial action; making the requirement for a secret ballot explicit; and the introduction of advisory arbitration aimed at resolving prolonged or violent strikes.  In addition, in relation to the NMW amendments, Busa stated that, while the wage level was considerably higher than an economically efficient level, it recognised the need for SA to address wage inequality and for the most vulnerable workers to be protected.  Busa expressed particular concern that the NMW exemption system should operate efficiently and be accessible for businesses regardless of size.

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