Tuesday, 19 August 2014 17:00

Labour Minister warns Labour Legislation not to blame for strikes

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