The parliamentary portfolio committee on labour has decided in favour of amending the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill to retain sectoral wage determinations. This bill was intended to repeal the provision for sectoral determinations in the light of the national minimum wage coming into force but business, trade unions and academics opposed this. The committee has now completed its deliberations on the submissions made during public hearings on the National Minimum Wage Bill, the Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill and the Labour Relations Amendment Bill, which will be redrafted in accordance with the committee’s decisions. Few changes were made to the proposals in the Labour Relations Amendment Bill, which introduces the requirement for a secret ballot and regulates rules on protests. The committee has redrafted the definition of those who will qualify for the national minimum wage to include independent contract workers, in accordance with the definition ado...

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