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Union representatives disrupt a Department of Labour briefing session to inform workers on NMW and amendments to legislation in P.E

by lloyd last modified 2018-02-09 17:45

9 February 2018

A Department of Labour briefing session to inform trade unions/shop stewards on the implementation of the national minimum wage (NMW) and amendments to labour laws was today (09 February) brought to a sudden halt in Port Elizabeth by union representatives.

The Department of Labour was scheduled at Boardwalk Casino, Beach Road Summerstrand to inform trade unions/shop stewards on the implementation of the NMW and amendments to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA), the Labour Relations Act (LRA), the coming into effect of the Accord on Collective Bargaining and Industrial Action and the Code of Good Practice on Collective Bargaining, Industrial Action and Picketing.

The disruption was caused by members of SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa).

Department of Labour Chief Director of Collective Bargaining, Thembinkosi Mkalipi had just taken a podium to address the workers when he was disrupted by a regional official from Saftu who raised his hand and told Mkalipi that he wanted to make a point.

The Saftu official accused the Department of not respecting the poor by holding public hearings in Summerstrand. He said the Federation’s members were staying in townships such as Zwide, Motherwell and wanted to have their voices heard.

Despite Mkalipi’s pleas to be allowed to continue with the presentation, he was told in no uncertain terms that the presentation would not proceed.

The Department of Labour has been having worker engagement/briefing sessions since last 9 November. The national briefing session started in Johannesburg. These have also been held in Pretoria, Cape Town, George, Pietermaritzburg, Richards Bay, Durban, Tzaneen, Polokwane, Mbombela, Emalahleni, Klerksdorp, Rustenburg, Bloemfontein, Welkom, Umtata and East London.

The last leg of briefing sessions will be held in Northern Cape in Upington on 15 and in Kimberley on 16 February.

The briefing sessions on NMW and amendments to labour laws are held from 10-13:00.

 

Issued by:

Teboho Thejane 

Departmental Spokesperson 

082 697 0694


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