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

Last updated on April 12, 2019

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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