BRANCH LABOUR POLICY & LABOUR MARKET PROGRAMMES

Presentation to the Select Committee on Labour in the NCOP

12 October 2004

CONTENTS
1. Branch Purpose
2. Branch Structure
3. Branch Focus Areas
4.Legislation

1. BRANCH PURPOSE
Establish an equitable and sound labour relations environment and international relations, through:
* research, analysis and evaluation of labour policy and
* providing data and statistics on the labour market, including
* support to the institutions that promote social dialogue (the CCMA and Nedlac)

2. BRANCH STRUCTURE
Deputy Director-General: Labour Policy and Labour Market Programmes: Mr. Les Kettledas
1. Labour Market Policy: Mr. Botshabelo Maja
2. Labour Relations: Mrs. Nerine Kahn
3. Unemployment Insurance Fund: Mr. Shadrack Mkhonto

2.1. Labour Market Policy:
International Relations
1. African Desk
2. International Labour Organisation Desk
3. Technical Cooperation Desk
Labour Market Information and Statistics
1.Research , analysis and evaluation of labour policy and providing data and statistics on the labour market
Research, Policy and Planning
1.Research , analysis and evaluation of labour policy and providing data and statistics on the labour market
2.2. Labour Relations
1.Collective Bargaining & Registrar of Labour Relations
2. Labour Organisations
3. CCMA governance
4. Monitor, Research
5.NEDLAC affairs

2 BRANCH FOCUS AREAS
1. Contribute to employment creation
Ongoing monitoring of the achievements and targets of government departments' GDS commitments
2. Enhance skills development
Sectoral Skills Plans aligned to sectoral growth strategies in at least 15 sectors.
Align Equity and Skills Development
3. Promote equity in the labour market
Produce a 5 year study on the implementation of the EE Act
Oversee compliance, implement DG Review system
Technical Assistance Guidelines &Codes of Good Practice implemented & further codes developed
Produce Public Register, increased reporting levels

2. BRANCH FOCU~S AREAS (continued)

4. Protect vulnerable workers
Sectoral determinations published for residual and emerging vulnerable workers (children in performing Arts, Forestry, Taxi, Sheltered
Employment)
Establishment of bargaining councils in vulnerable sectors e.g. Security, civil Engineering, Contract cleaning
Child Labour Action programme finalised and implemented

2. BRANCH FOCUS AREAS (continued)
5.
Strengthen multi-lateral and bi-lateral relations in which we have interests.
Ensure effective participation in the ILO, SADC and AU Labour and Social Affairs Commission

2. BRANCH FOCUS AREAS (continued)
6. Strengthen social protection
Ensure improved client satisfaction on UI services
Revenue collection improved by at least 10% and strategy in place
Financial management capacity of the Fund enhanced
UIF strengthened to better serve it's clients
Agreement reached with relevant government departments on the a(agencification of UIF

2. BRANCH FOCUS AREAS(continued)
7.
Promote sound labour relations
Ensure an effective and efficient dispute resolution system at CCMA and Bargaining Councils
The proportion of workers covered by collective agreements increased
Small business representation in Bargaining Councils ensured (continue...)
2. BRANCH FOCUS AREAS (continued)
7. Promote sound labour relations (continued)
Inclusion of broader economic and employment growth issues into CB agreements
Active engagement and participation by Branch in tripartite statutory bodies

2. BRANCH FOCUS AREAS (continued)
8. Strengthen capacity of labour market institutions
Improve service delivery provided by statutory bodies and public entities
associated with DoL (CCMA and Nedlac)
2. BRANCH FOCUS AREAS(continued)
9. Monitor the impact of labour market policies and programmes

b) implementing affirmative action measures to redress the disadvantages in employment experienced by designated groups, to ensure their equitable representation in all occupational categories and levels in the workforce.

LEGISLATION (continued)

Labour Relations Act, 66 of 1995
Purpose: To advance economic development, social justice, labour peace and the democratisation of the workplace by fulfilling the primary objects of this Act, which are:
a) To give effect and regulate the fundamental rights conferred by section 27 of the Constitution,

b)To give effect to obligations incurred by the Republic as a member state of the International Labour Organisation
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3. LEGISLATION (continued)
Labour Relations Act,~66 of 1995 (continued)
c) To provide a framework within which employees and their trade unions, employers and employers' organisations can collectively bargain to determine matters of mutual interest and formulate industrial policy,
d) To promote:
Orderly collective bargaining (also at sectoral level),
Employee participation in decision-making in the workplace and
Effective resolution of labour disputes.

3 LEGISLATION (continued)
Nedlac Act, 1994
Nedlac shall:
a)Strive to promote goals of economic growth, participation in economic decision making and social equity;
b) Seek to reach consensus and conclude agreements pertaining to social and economic policy;
c) Consider all proposed labour legislation relating to labour-market policy before it is introduced in Parliament;
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3.LEGISLATION (continued)
Nedlac Act, 1994 (continued)
Nedlac shall:
d)'Consider all significant changes to social and economic policy before it is implemented or introduced in Parliament;

e) Encourage and promote the formulation of co-ordinated policy on social and economic matters.

3 LEGISLATION(continued)
Unemployment Insurance Act, 2001
Purpose: To establish an unemployment insurance fund

to which employers and employees contribute, and
from which employees who become unemployed or their beneficiaries, as the case may be, are entitled to benefits and
in so doing, to alleviate the harmful economic and social effects of unemployment

3 LEGISLATION (continued)
Unemployment Insurance Contributions Act, 4of2002
Purpose: To provide for-
a) the payment of contributions for the benefit of the Unemployment Insurance Fund; and
b) procedures for the collection of such contributions.
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