Oliphant blames delayed labour laws for Marikana

Oliphant blames delayed labour laws for Marikana

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant. Picture: SUNDAY WORLD

 

LABOUR Minister Mildred Oliphant said on Friday the lack of finality on four pending labour law amendments was partly to blame for the massacre at Lonmin’s Marikana mine last month.

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant. Picture: SUNDAY WORLD

“We needed to finalise the bills ages ago,” she said. “They are the first reason for the tragedy at Lonmin. What followed was bad communication. We are all to blame ,” Ms Oliphant said at the annual summit of National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) in Boksburg.

The Employment Equity Amendment Bill and Public Employment Services Bill were in their final stages at Nedlac and would be in P arliament soon.

The more controversial Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill and Labour Relations Amendment Bill were already before P arliament. Public hearings into the bills are under way.

These two bills have worried business and economists because they limit temporary employment in SA.

At the summit, discussions focused on how social dialogue could prevent future violence and collapse of labour relations.

Ms Oliphant said over the past two years she had set many deadlines for different parts of the legislation amendment process. But just about every deadline had been missed.

She did not explain how finalising the bills would calm worker unrest.

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies criticised his department and others for being too slow to implement policy. ” We are good at formulating them but we are too slow compared with other developing countries .”

Nedlac’s director, Alistair Smith said Nedlac would work to finish the labour legislation process soon.

The Black Business Council and Business Unity SA would act as representatives of business at Nedlac after the two bodies had signed a memorandum of understanding on Friday.

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