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Cosatu adds its voice to the outcry over the Employment Equity Act draft regulations

by , 09 April 2014
If you thought the controversy over the Employment Equity Act draft regulations had died down, you're wrong. Cosatu has added its voice to the debate. Read on to find out what the biggest union federation in South Africa is saying about the Employment Equity Act draft regulations so you'll be well informed about this controversial issue.

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Cosatu has this to say about the draft Employment Equity Act regulations

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in the Western Cape has added its voice to the outcry over the draft employment equity regulations published by Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant, writes BDlive.

The draft regulations which were published in February for public comment will change the way targets for racial representivity are measured.

We've reported on numerous occasions that, according to the draft regulations, companies that employ more than 150 people would have to use the 'national economically active population' demographics for three upper levels (top and senior management and professionally qualified). And an average of national and regional demographics for the three lower levels (skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled technical) as a guide when determining targets.

Companies that employ less than 150 people would have to use the 'national economically active population' demographics for two upper levels and an average of national and the regional demographic for four lower levels.

So what is Cosatu angry about?

Paton writes that in a letter to shop stewards and Cosatu members on Monday, provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich said the federation's provincial structures supported the Employment Equity Act as it stands.

In the letter, Ehrenreich said: The Law presently states that Provincial demographics must be used for workplaces in the Western Cape. This means that positions across all levels of employment must be occupied by all the people of the Province in relation to their demographic proportion of the Western Cape.

'This is a position that Cosatu Western Cape supports and will take forward in the discussions on the National regulations being considered. This is based on the understanding that we must build a fair and equitable labour market, which undoes the apartheid legacy of white privileged and Black [African, Coloured and Indian] prejudice.'

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Cosatu's position seems to be a bit different from the views of other critics

The BDlive article highlights that Cosatu was at pains to point out that its objections to the regulations were different from those of DA leader and Western Cape premier Helen Zille. Most of these have resulted from a feeling that coloured people in the Western Cape and Indians in KZN would be discriminated against under these new regulations

We'll keep you updated on the latest developments regarding the draft regulations especially now that the Department of Labour will be finalising the regulations following public comments.



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