Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant warned that the labour legislation was not to blame for the prolonged and often violent strikes hitting various industries across South Africa.
The Minister stressed:
- the high levels of unemployment, poverty and inequality fed into the troubles that have emerged
- transformation, not laws, are the answer
- lack of real transformation, socioeconomic equity, mutual respect and trust in the workplace contributed to the anger and frustration
- strikes were more about the ever-increasing wage gap between management and workers
- the primary aim of our labour market legislative framework is to create an enabling environment and tools to address this harsh reality
- we need to be very careful about tinkering with the law when the law is not the culprit