The Minister of Labour has published three bills which will have an impact on employment in South Africa.
The bills propose a number of important changes to the current legislation.
1. The National Minimum Wage Bill
2. The Labour Relations Amendment Bill
3. The Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill
The National Minimum Wage Bill
• A national legislated minimum wage payable to employees
• The establishment of the National Minimum Wage Commission
• Provides for the drafting of regulations, including regulations relating to applications for exemption
• Sets a national minimum wage as well as a minimum wage applicable to farm workers, domestic workers, workers employed on an expanded public works programme and learnerships.
The Labour Relations Amendment Bill
• Imposes stricter regulation of picketing, strikes and lock outs
• Provides for secret ballots to be utilised in strikes and lock outs
• Provides for advisory arbitrations
• Provides for the independence of the Registrar of Labour Relations
• Provides for discretion of the Minister in the extension of collective agreements.
The Basic Conditions Of Employment Amendment Bill
• Aligns the provisions of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and the National Minimum Wage Bill
• Provides for a minimum remuneration of four hours per day for employees earning under the prescribed threshold, irrespective of less hours worked
• Provides for enforcement procedures in the event of non-compliance with the payment of minimum wages
• Provides for interest payable on payable amounts in terms with the minimum wage
• Prescribes the applicable fines for non-compliance with the minimum wage
Comments on the Bills may be submitted until 10 January 2018.
The Bills are all available on the Department of Labour website – CLICK HERE