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Parliament suspends Pule

Former Communication Minister Dina Pule has been Suspended for 15 days in parliament and fined a month’s salary by the parliament’s Ethics Committee.

Committee finds Pule guilty

After having had some time to deliberate, the Joint Committee on Ethics and Members Interests has finally concluded on the allegations that have come forth against former Department of Communications Minister Dina Pule.

Parliament to debate labour laws

The Minister of Labour submitted amendment bills for the Labour Relations Act (LRA) and the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) to the Cabinet Committee on Wednesday 14March 2012. On Tuesday, 20March 2012, Cabinet approved the submission of these Bills to Parliament where they will be considered by the Portfolio Committee on Labour before being […]

Credit card fraud can be stopped

The rise in credit card fraud over the last year is a cause for major concern and financial services organisations need to tighten their grip of illicit transactions fast, says SAS. A recent statement from the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC) highlighted that credit card fraud rose by over 50% this year, the […]

DOC withdraws hotly contested ECA amendments

The Department of Communications (DOC) has withdrawn the contentious Electronic Communications (EC) Amendment Bill with immediate effect – saying more consultation is needed.

The Bill, which was published for public comment earlier this month, has come under fire for looking to increase the powers of the Communications minister.

“The Department wishes to withdraw the EC Amendment Bill with immediate effect. This is done to allow further consultation within government on the contents of the Bill. Once this process is concluded, the Bill will again be published to solicit further input from the broader ICT industry and affected stakeholders,” the DOC stated.

Minister slams labour broking progress

Labour minister, Mildred Oliphant, has slammed the progress of changes to labour broking laws – saying new legislation needs to be rapidly introduced.

According to the Department of Labour (DOL), Oliphant has requested the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) to speed up the process of amending labour legislation..

This follows several delays over the years; heated public hearings and stalled negotiations on the proposed amendments.

Govt to spend R60m on monitoring labour brokers

Expect more debate on labour broking, says government.

Government will spend R60 million on monitoring labour brokers as it struggles to reach consensus on proposed legal amendments to the divisive practice.

The Department of Labour (DOL) has re-opened discussions on highly contested changes to labour broking legislation - saying business and labour still need to reach consensus.

Despite negotiating on the proposed amendments for years, the department says the National Economic and Development Labour Council (NEDLAC) is making “progress”.

Cosatu to march as govt deliberates

As the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) plans marches calling for the banning of labour brokers - the Department of Labour (DOL) has noted it will be cautious in its approach to the controversial practice.

Cosatu, which has consistently stated that it would only accept a widespread ban of the practice, will stage protest action in the Northern Cape on Friday 26 May.

“We will march to the regional office of the Dept. of Labour where we will hand over

a memorandum with our demands for the banning of labour brokers. It is our considered view that labour brokers compromise the decent work agenda in that they recruit workers for a short period of time and pay them starvation wages.

The regional manager of the Department of Labour is expected to accept the memorandum on behalf of the minister,” says the trade federation.

Labour changes aimed at job creation

The final labour law amendments will not have a negative effect on job creation, says the Department of Labour.

Speaking during the annual Labour Policy Conference in Pretoria recently, Labour minister, Nelisiwe Oliphant, said that the focus of changes to labour legislation will focus on ensuring better protection for workers.

“The key test of our policies will have to be their ability to contribute to job creation. To put it another way, we have to ensure that our policies do not have negative consequences for employment,” said Oliphant.

Govt calls for labour broking debate

The Department of Labour (DOL) is set to hold the first round of public consultations next week to discuss its highly contested labour law amendments. In a statement, the DOL notes that the first round of public consultations on its proposed amendments will be held in Cape Town on Tuesday, 18 January 2011. “The amendments […]

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