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southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that the Department of Home Affair (DHA) plans to introduce new laws to strengthen its hand in getting its staff to work shifts, a move likely to run into stiff opposition from labour unions.  

The department has previously clashed with unions over its attempts to get staff to work on Saturdays.  It hopes to get around the issue by introducing measures in a new Home Affairs Act that will enable it to employ staff outside the confines of the Public Service Act.  Acting director-general Thulani Mavuso said on Sunday:  “We want our offices to open seven days a week, so we need to be able to create a shift system that is in line with our legislation.  We want our immigration officers to be employed as shift employees so they can operate 27/7.”  The DHA also wants to be able to pay market-related rates for highly specialised skills, particularly in IT, said Mavuso.  Legislation presently sets limits on the pay packet of every level of employee, from cleaners to directors-general.  Employees of the Department of Correctional Services and the SA Police Service fall outside the act, and are expected to work shifts.  The policy groundwork for the DHA was laid out in a white paper published in the government gazette on Friday.  However, it did not raise the labour issues highlighted by Mavuso.

  • Read Tamar Kahn’s report on this story in full at BusinessLive

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