2022-w2309 - 24 June 2022

Bhekizizwe Nivard Luthuli to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

(1)Whether his department has a record of any cases of non-compliance with basic conditions of employment and other labour practices by bus operators; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what (a) is the total number of such cases and (b) are the circumstances surrounding each case; whether his department works closely with the SA Road Passenger Bargaining Council (SARPBC), the enforcement agency for non-compliance with labour laws in the bus sector; if not, why not; if so, what (a) cases have been addressed by the SARPBC in the past year and (b) resolutions were reached in each case?

Reply from the Minister of Employment and Labour on 24 Jun 2022

(1) The Department has no jurisdiction in the sector due to the fact that there is a Bargaining Council in place.

(2) The Department collaborates with Bargaining Councils on a needs basis. There has not been any meeting between the SARPBC.

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2022-w2320 - 24 June 2022

Ciliesta Catherine Shoana Motsepe to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

Whether his department has undertaken a study to ascertain if there are still retailers who pay their workers less than R3 500 per month; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) how widespread is the exploitative practice and (b) what are the names of the retailers?

Reply from the Minister of Employment and Labour on 24 Jun 2022

I think it’s important to explain firstly that the legislated national minimum wage (NMW) is not R3500 per month but R23.19 per hour payable for the numbers of ordinary hours worked.

The NMW Act requires the NMW Commission to review the NMW annually and to make recommendations to me on any adjustment of the NMW. In undertaking this function, the Commission is expected to ...

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2022-w2031 - 03 June 2022

Nontando Nolutshungu to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

Whether he has developed a strategy to respond to the technological developments in the transport system such as e-hailing, to ensure that those working in the industry have their rights protected as workers; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Employment and Labour on 3 Jun 2022

In dealing with the digital economy, the Honourable member will know that the President has established a commission. Amongst the others, the Commission is to assist the government in taking advantage of the opportunities presented by the digital economy. The work of the Commission will be tabled at NEDLAC for further discussion on how to come up with policies that will respond to the ...

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2022-w2020 - 03 June 2022

Constance Nonhlanhla Mkhonto to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

(a) What are the reasons that it has taken so long to resolve the matter of the more than 395 workers of the Mbhaba Estate, who were unfairly dismissed by their employer in 2015 when they demanded wage increases, (b)(i) who is responsible for the specified case and (ii) why have the workers been left in limbo and (c) on what date will he release a report as promised to the workers by the President of the Republic, Mr M C Ramaphosa, in 2017?

Reply from the Minister of Employment and Labour on 3 Jun 2022

The CCMA has reviewed progress on the case file and reports as follows:

  1. FAWU obo Mahlalela & Others v Umbhaba Estates (Pty) Ltd initially relating to an Organizational Rights dispute under case MP6595-14 which, led to a strike following which employees were dismissed for misconduct.
  2. The dismissal dispute was referred to the CCMA under case number MP10027 – 15 for dismissal of employees for ...
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2022-w2019 - 03 June 2022

Shirley Motshegoane Mokgotho to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

What steps of intervention will be taken to ensure that workers at the (a) Vlakfontein mine and (b) Matutu mine in the Moses Kotane Local Municipality are registered for the Unemployment Insurance Fund?

Reply from the Minister of Employment and Labour on 3 Jun 2022

Thank Hon. Member by this question. The matter you have raised shall be attended to. Employer Audit Services under the Inspection and Enforcement Services in the North West Province will visit the two mines and ensure that all employees are registered for UIF and contributed for.

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2022-w2131 - 03 June 2022

Michael John Cardo to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

Since his appointment as Minister of Employment and Labour in 2019, (a) what total number of international trips has (i) he and (ii) the staff members employed in his office undertaken in an official capacity, (b) for what purpose was each trip and (c) what was the cost to the taxpayer regarding each specified trip?

Reply from the Minister of Employment and Labour on 3 Jun 2022

South Africa’s foreign policy promotes human rights and a broad developmental agenda both in the continent and the world. As the political head of the Department of Employment and Labour, the Minister leads the country’s domestic priorities in the global labour agenda (i.e. promoting rights at work, encouraging decent employment opportunities, enhancing social protection and strengthening dialogue) linking these to own priorities such as ...

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2022-w2132 - 03 June 2022

Michael John Cardo to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

What (a) are the reasons that the Government withdrew its nomination of Professor Mthunzi Mdwaba for the position of Director-General of the International Labour Organisation and (b) role did he play in this regard?

Reply from the Minister of Employment and Labour on 3 Jun 2022

The decision for the support and or withdrawal of the candidacy of Professor Mthunzi Mdwaba for the position of the International Labour Organisation Director-General was a Cabinet matter.

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2022-w2133 - 03 June 2022

Michael John Cardo to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

What amount in Rand has the Unemployment Insurance Fund (a) received in total, in terms of employer and/or employee contributions and (b) paid out in total, in terms of all benefits offered in each month from April 2020 until the end of April 2022?

Reply from the Minister of Employment and Labour on 3 Jun 2022

The table below shows comparison between the amounts collected as contributions versus benefit payments including COVID-19TERS and Workers Affected By Unrest (WABU) from 1 April 2020 to 30 April 2022. Collected contributions for the period in question were about R 42 614 054 783.39 and payments made amounted to R98 227 419 458.80. The payments made were augmented by UIF’s investment income.

MONTH AND YEAR

CONTRIBUTIONS ...

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2022-w1797 - 20 May 2022

Khanya Ceza to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

Whether his department has put measures in place to protect vulnerable farm workers in Ward 02 Blinkwater in the Emakhazeni Local Municipality and Ward 05 SIS Farming Group areas in the Steve Tshwete Local Municipality; if not, why not, in each case; if so, what are the relevant details in each case?

Reply from the Minister of Employment and Labour on 20 May 2022

  • Inspections were conducted on employers mentioned above Blinkwater and SIS Farming group on the 18 August 2021 and 26 April 2022 respectively.
  • Inspections were conducted on Basic Condition of Employment Act guided by Standard Operating Procedure of the Department of Employment and Labour
  • Employers will again be inspected after 12 months to monitor compliance, as guided by Standard Operating Procedure of the Department of ...
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2022-w1830 - 20 May 2022

Constance Nonhlanhla Mkhonto to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

In light of the recent floods that destroyed infrastructure in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, what (a) number of workers have been affected due to (i) them not being able to go to work and/or (ii) their work place infrastructure being destroyed and (b) intervention measures will he put in place to avoid permanent job losses?

Reply from the Minister of Employment and Labour on 20 May 2022

The number of workers that have been affected by the floods is still being established. Once lodging of claims gets to its logical conclusion, certain things will become clearer, including the stats that Hon. Member is looking for.

Currently, the Unemployment Insurance Fund is engaged in discussions with a number of stakeholders (including NEDLAC) in terms of how best to respond to the disaster ...

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