The Bill makes provision for secret ballots prior to calling a strike. It also expands the operational functions of the CCMA by including an arbitration panel and allows Labour Inspectors to apply to the CCMA make compliance orders and agreements arbitration agreements.
Aside from the provisions seeking to replace the jurisdiction of the Labour Court with the CCMA to give legal effect to compliance orders and agreements, which is questionable, the Bill should have a positive impact on agribusinesses. The secret ballot provision ensures more accountability by labour unions prior to calling strikes which will certainly help labour intensive agribusinesses such as pack houses to manage labour market instability.
The Act was published for public comments, passed Nedlac and Parliament and has been signed into law.
An in-principle agreement on a national minimum wage was reached at Nedlac, passed by Parliament and signed into law by President Ramaphosa.
The Act will introduced a national minimum wage effective on all empoloyees in every sector.
The Act has been passed and signed into law.
The Act makes provision for compulsory, paid paternity leave.
Agribusinesses have had to amend their leave policy to accommodate the provisions of this Act.
This was introduced as a private member’s Bill and was passed by Parliament and has entered into operation.
The provisions relating to sectoral determinations have been amended to make way for a national minimum wage dispensation.
Sectoral determinations have been partially replaced by the national minimum wage dispensation.
The Act has been passed.