The proposed amendments to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and the Labour Relations Act will have a significant effect on the country’s collective bargaining system, but it needs to be said that they have not been finalised and it will take many months of debate and input from the public before they can be translated into law ("Amendments to labour laws up for discussion", November 9).

The proposed stricter regulation of strikes is sorely needed to put more confidence back into investors in SA. This stricter regulation was proposed by MP Ian Ollis when he was the DA labour spokesman but was turned down by the parliamentary labour portfolio committee. Yet the National Economic Development and Labour Council has now endorsed it.

Other changes, including some that are cosmetic, will be welcomed, but the elephant in the room is the national minimum wage. It has been suggested by economists and employer organisations that if mass retrenchments are to be avoided, the minimum wage needs to be tailored to the needs of each sector.

Michael Bagraim, MPDA labour spokesman

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