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Labour expert, Terry Bell weighs in on the EE Act and women empowerment

by , 08 August 2014
This Saturday, South Africans will celebrate the 58th anniversary of Women's Day at the Union Buildings.

The day commemorates the spirit and strength of women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 to protest against pass laws.

As we get closer to Women's Day, some experts are voicing their opinions on women empowerment in the workplace and the Employment Equity Act (EE Act).

Here are, renowned labour expert, Terry Bell's views on the issue.

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Bell weighs in on the EE Act and women empowerment

Last week Friday (1 August 2014), the Employment Equity Amendment Act 2013 came into effect.

One of the amendments to the Act relates to 'equal work for equal pay'. This change will address the issue of discrimination in salaries.

As you know, in some workplaces, women get less pay compared to their male counterparts. This happens even though they do similar work.

This is where Terry Bell comes in.

He says the amendment on 'equal work for equal pay' is long overdue because many pieces of legislation are being ignored when it comes to women empowerment.

He adds that it's time for women to step forward to reclaim their place in the transformation and future of the country.

And this is where you come in.

You must comply with the EE Act and achieve employment equity by making sure women are well represented in your company. You mustn't discriminate against them when it comes to salaries, career growth and training opportunities.

Remember, failure to comply with the EE Act results in penalties that amount to millions of rand.

So as South Africans prepare to commemorate Women's Day tomorrow, take steps to achieve employment equity and be open to transformation – it's a legal requirement.

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