Department of Labour and CCMA enter the second round of national roadshow to educate on amended labour laws

MAY 25, 2015

The Department of Labour and the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) are planning to enter into a second round of intensive national roadshows to educate stakeholders on the implications of the new amended labour laws now in force.

A session is planned to be held in Pretoria (Tshwane) on 5 June 2015 at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) at Meiring Naude Road - Brummeria. The session will be the same as those conducted in February and March 2015.  

The purpose of the national roadshows is to create awareness on the amendments to the Labour Laws and to inform stakeholders and the public of the key amendments and their intentions. The roadshows are targeted at employer organisations, trade unions, academics, human resource practitioners and the public at large.

The key labour laws that were recently reviewed, and were now in force include:

  • The Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Act (no 20 of 2013.
  • Employment Equity Amendment Act (no 47 of 2013.
  • Labour Relations Amendment Act (no 6 of 2014), and the
  • Employment Services Act (no 4 of 2014).

The core of the presentations during the roadshow will focus on aspects such as broad changes on the protection of vulnerable employees earning up to the BCEA threshold of R205 433,30; regulation of temporary employment which is now limited to a period not exceeding three months; unionisation in vulnerable sectors; improving the functioning of labour market institutions such as the CCMA, bargaining and statutory councils; addressing current problems in industrial disputes and dispute resolution; enforcement and enhancing compliance; disputes concerning discrimination and issues of pay for work of equal value.

The session will be held from 9am-13:00.

South Africa’s review of the labour laws was initiated in 2010. This was subsequently followed by an impact assessment study, and later by the department’s national public hearings and Parliamentary hearings.

The amendments were a response to increased outcry on the informalisation of the labour market and undue abuse of vulnerable workers.

The Department of Labour and CCMA plans to have a further second round national public hearings.