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parliamentFin24 reports that the National Minimum Wage (NMW) Bill, the Basic Conditions of Employment (BCEA) Amendment Bill and the Labour Relations Amendment (LRA) Bill were all passed by the National Assembly on Tuesday.  

They will now be sent to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) for concurrence.  Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant said this was an historic achievement, adding that even though the bills seemed “mild”, they were “groundbreaking” in character.  Referring to the “robust engagement” between social partners throughout the formulation of the bills, Oliphant said it was a reminder that democracy was alive and real in SA.  A NMW commission will be established to take over the functions of the Employment Equity Commission and it will annually review the NMW, currently pegged at R20 per hour.  The BCEA Bill has been designed to reinforce and create an “enabling legal environment” for the NMW.  It will also redefine the role of the CCMA on matters which might arise as a result of the implementation of the NMW.  The LRA Bill in turn will give effect to a code of good practice on strengthening collective bargaining and preventing violent and prolonged strikes.  Cosatu on Tuesday issued a statement welcoming the finalisation of the bills.

  • Read this report by Lameez Omarjee in full at Fin24
  • Read too, Landmark national minimum wage bill adoption a ‘historic win’, at BusinessLive
  • And also, Minimum wage a proud moment, writes Cosatu’s Matthew Parks, at Business Report

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