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A grip on firing and re-hiring to evade NMW is illegal

Labour Minister, Mildred Oliphant has on Thursday cautioned managers terminating and re-procuring employees to abstain from paying the National Minimum Wage (NMW) are spurning labour laws.

“Not in a time of International Labour Organisation (ILO) Centenary,” advised Oliphant.

The Minister said the government knew of a new tactic gathering a grip, terminating workers to undermine labour laws to address unemployment, inequality, and poverty.

Oliphant warned the government’s political will, will resort to tough measures against those not adhering to NMW.

“As a government, we will strengthen the inspectorate and the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) monitoring roles,” said Oliphant.

Oliphant said labour laws, for example, Labour Relations Act exist to fortify connections between bosses and employees.

She said South Africa should pride itself it has the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) where every single social partners could take care of issues affecting the labour market.

Oliphant said as the government, Labour Department commit investing in the country’s economy and to create much-needed jobs.

She pledged the government is looking at increasing the budgets of these entities.

The Minister was talking at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg amid 60 minutes in length live webcast sorted out by the Department of Labor and ILO.

The intention is to ensure every ILO office together with Member State contribute an hour of live webcasting with a local flavour.

It also creates a global picture of the diversity and range of the ILO’s work.

The webcast is part of celebrating 100 years of ILO existence. ILO is an agency of the United Nations.

She said South Africa support the recommendations in the ILO’s Global Commission on the Future of Work report.

“Increasing investment in people’s capabilities, increasing investment in the institutions of work and increasing investment in decent and sustainable work,” added Oliphant.

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