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23 March 2012

The South African Government has approved two new amendments that will improve the conditions for workers in the country, Afriquinfos reports. The Labour Minister, Mildred Oliphant, confirmed yesterday that that the draft amendments to the Law on Basic Conditions of Work (BCEA) and the Act on labour relations (LRA) had been adopted by the cabinet.

This move will bring laws in line with international standards and proposes that those on fixed-term contracts should be paid equally, disregarding the fact whether they are employed on a temporary or permanent basis.

“When it comes to the fixed term contract – that should be guided on when that project is going to be finalised. Therefore, those workers will be taken as fixed term contract workers. The workers must be paid equally, irrespective of whether that worker is a temporary worker or a permanent worker,” Ms Oliphant said.

Workers that are employed for more than six months will also be considered as permanent employees and paid the same as permanent employees.

The Labour Minister said that amendments will be voted on by the National Assembly of Parliament.

This comes after strikes earlier this month where protestors criticised the labour practices of temporary workers at lower pay and with fewer benefits than permanent workers.

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