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March : Amended Labour Bills & Consultation Sessions

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29 March, 2012


Following the Gazetting of four labour related bills in December 2010, FSA circulated to members its comments thereon which were subsequently forwarded to the Department of Labour for consideration - one of 329 received. Our submission was apparently similar to others made by organised industry/ business structures in that we felt that the Bills, if passed in the original form, would have a huge negative impact on employment in the country. The Bills in question were the following:

  • Labour Relations Amendment Bill
  • Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill
  • Employment Equity Amendment Bill
  • Employment Services Bill.

After receipt of public submissions, the Bills were tabled for discussion at Nedlac.  After one year of debate, although certain amendments have been made through negotiation, no overall consensus thereon was reached by the three parties involved (particularly regarding the issue of labour broking).  Despite this lack of agreement, the Government has nevertheless decided to table two of the Bills, namely, the Labour Relations Amendment Bill and the BCE Amendment Bill before Parliament. 

I have, for your perusal and information attached six files, namely a summary of decisions taken, a summary of changes to each Bill and the actual amended Bills as well as FSA's original submission.

As is indicated in the summary document, a series of public information sessions will be held during April.  Please note that these are purely information sessions and participants will thus not be able to give input into proceedings other than participating in a question and answer session. Although the benefit of attending these sessions is therefore in question, those wanting to attend should note the following dates and venues (meetings in all cases are scheduled to take place between 10h00 and 13h00):


Date  Province  City  Venue 
4 April      Gauteng   JHB Orion Devonshire Hotel
5 April Western Cape    CT Fountains Hotel
12 April KZN DBN Tropicana Hotel
17 April  EC PE Eastern Cape Training Centre
26 April MPM Witbank Protea Hotel

9 May *

Limpopo Polokwane    Meropa Casino (* it did indicate 9 April but I am assuming 9 May)

If deemed necessary, FSA will make an additional submission on these amended Amendment Bills.  Should you wish to supply FSA with any comments that you would like included in our submission, please send them through to me as soon as convenient.

Members will be kept informed of developments.

Download the following documents: